1-Hour Program

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Statistics are used in securities litigation in analyses including assessing market efficiency and estimating damages.  Lawyers are often called upon to review those analyses and write briefs supporting or opposing them, yet often have not been provided with coursework to understand the terminology used, much less the typical strengths and weaknesses of different statistical analyses.  This course, led by an experienced class action litigator and an expert in econometrics who both have extensive experience with statistical analyses in securities litigation, will cover the relevant concepts and explain what to look for in assessing statistical analyses used in litigation.

Topics will include:

  • Role of statistics in securities litigation [10 minutes]
  • Understanding basic statistical concepts including statistical significance, p-values, and regression analysis [20 minutes]
  • Application to securities litigation [10 minutes]
  • Assessing strengths and weaknesses in statistical analyses used in litigation [20 minutes]


Program Level:  Overview

Intended Audience:  Attorneys working in litigation; while the focus will be on securities litigation, most of the material will be relevant for any litigation involving statistical analyses

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None



Abe Alexander, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

Dr. David Tabak, NERA Economic Consulting


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