Just how important are statistical models?   Just take a look at some recent cases where effective statistical analysis, including market event studies, became the “make or break” evidence, especially in cases concerning securities litigation and lost profit/economic damages:

The last case was—until its reversal for lack of reliable statistical evidence, the largest jury award for economic damages ever.  All of these case—especially in light of the securities and loss litigation that is certain to come out of the current economic spiral—demonstrate just how important it is for valuation analysts to present compelling and understandable statistical models to a judge or jury (and assist their attorneys in preparing the evidence for deposition and trial). Reminder: Copies of all cases are available at BVLaw™, and the case abstracts are available by subscription at BVLibrary™.)

LEARN MORE.   To refresh and refine your use of statistical models, regression analysis, and market event studies, be sure to tune into BVR’s next teleconference, “Compelling Statistical Evidence: Mining, Modeling, and Presenting Quantitative Financial Evidence to Juries,” featuring William Kennedy, Ph.D, CPA/ABV of St. Louis’ Anders Minkler & Diehl, LLP, and Jeffrey Dorman, Esq. with the Chicago office of law firm Freeborn & Peters, LLP.  The teleconference takes place Wednesday October 22, 2008; to register, click here

Compiled and written by the fine staff at Business Valuation Resources in the latest issue of their free eZine, the BV Wire.