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Example Contributions - Public Policy & Regulation


# CLIENT ACTION AT ISSUE RBC CONTRIBUTION OUTCOME
7 Periodic interest in Congress for a U.S. Value Added Tax (VAT) 45,000-member national trade association
  • Apparent success of 1990s VAT adoptions in Canada and Japan
  • Widespread perception that VAT would improve U.S. saving and investment rates
  • Distilled the many arguments for and against VAT, comparing their assumptions about consumption and saving behavior with available evidence about actual behaviors.
  • Showed Canada's and Japan's reasons for adopting VAT were fundamentally different from the reasons put forth for a U.S. VAT.
  • Showed that neither country saw (nor expected) any effects on savings rates.
  • Association published our report and distributed it widely. The report drew praise for its clear explanations.
  • Congressional interest in a VAT faded in the ensuing years.
8 Proposed state legislation to permit new forms of competition in data communications Regional telephone company (formerly in Bell System) Develop the company's strategy for opposing the legislation
  • Showed that the threatened competition would affect just a small portion of the market.
  • Found examples elsewhere of successful business strategies to counter such competition when it existed.
  • The company targeted its opposition to just a few aspects of the bill, avoiding a legislative skirmish.
9 Pre-merger notification under the Hart Scott Rodino Act Large real estate and resort developer Proposed merger exceeded normal thresholds for antitrust challenge by the government
  • Showed that the relevant market actually consisted of several different markets.
  • Within each of these markets, showed that the merger posed no threat to competition.
  • DOJ accepted the merger without challenge.
10 International Trade Commission (ITC) action on unfair competition due to patent infringement U.S. producer of advanced patient support systems for hospitals. Complainant
  • Capability of the U.S. industry to supply the market need.
  • Calculation of injury to the complainant.
  • Applied common economic tests to show the U.S. industry was capable of meeting market needs without the infringer's imports.
  • Created an account-by-account analysis to quantify the direct injury to the complainant.
  • Written testimony was unchallenged by the importer.
  • Case settled favorably before final rulings.