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Court Opinions

United States Tax Court: Eric G. Suder, Et Al., v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue (10/01/2014)
…Dr. Hafiz compared Mr. Suder to CEOs of companies with revenues in the $40 million range and an SIC Code of 3661, Telephone and Telegraph Apparatus Industry, in the Economic Research Institute (ERI) database... Mr. Longnecker compared Mr. Suder with CEOs in six different databases: (1) the ERI database of companies with an SIC code of 3660, Hi-Tech & Communications Equipment, in the United States; (2) the ERI database of companies with an SIC code of 3660 in Dallas, Texas…
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United States Tax Court: Aries Communications Inc. & Subs., v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue (04/10/2013)
...considered executive officer compensation and broadcaster gross income and profitability information from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) for the position of general manager and information from the Economic Research Institute...
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Proxy Statements That Mention ERI Data

Clearwire Corp DE (04/30/09) - To assist the Compensation Committee in its review of executive officer compensation, we compile data and participate in compensation surveys conducted by independent third parties, such as Radford, Culpepper, Equilar and Economic Research Institute.
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GASTAR EXPLORATION LTD (04/30/09) - Economic Research Institute, 2008 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor; Watson Wyatt, 2007/2008 Top Management Compensation Compensation Calculator; William Mercer, 2008 US Energy Compensation Survey; and Effective Compensation Solutions, Inc., 2007 Oil/Gas E&P Compensation Survey.
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MASIMO CORP (04/30/09) - In addition, our Compensation Committee considered market data from the Economic Research Institute, the Employers Group, which provides data regarding California payroll practices
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NATIONAL BANK OF INDIANAPOLIS CORP (04/30/09) - Crowe Horwath LLP used five different data points for its review and analysis, which consisted of the following:
  • Financial Institutions Compensation Survey (Comprehensive, Midwest, Regional, and State of Indiana);
  • Economic Research Institute;
  • 2007 US Mercer Benchmark Database: Top Executive Total Compensation Survey (with specific data for the Finance/Banking Industry);
  • Watson Wyatt 2007/2008 Survey Report on Financial Institution Compensation: General Executive Positions; and
  • Compensation derived from proxy data from a peer group of six publicly traded financial institutions.

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HASTINGS ENTERTAINMENT INC (04/29/09) - The last market evaluation was performed in fiscal 2007, with data provided by the Economic Research Institute (ERI)
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ATP OIL GAS CORP (04/28/09) - L&A utilized published executive compensation survey sources specific to the energy industry to develop the Market Reference Points discussed below, which were used by the Compensation Committee in the compensation process. These published survey sources included:
  • Economic Research Institute Compensation Assessor,
  • Watson Wyatt Top Management Compensation Survey, and
  • WorldatWork Salary Budget Survey

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ENERGY RECOVERY INC (04/28/09) - A sample of companies in the Economic Research Institute surveys includes Consolidated Water Co.
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FROZEN FOOD EXPRESS INDUSTRIES INC (04/24/09) - These surveys included: The 2007 Economic Research Institute, Inc. Executive Compensation Assessor, the 2007 Mercer, LLC.
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GEOKINETICS INC (04/24/09) - For each named executive officer, the Company reviewed the relevant benchmark position and the salary data from three major sources: (1) a national energy industry survey which includes exploration and production companies, oil field service companies, and seismic companies; (2) a confidential seismic industry compensation survey conducted through an industry liaison group in which the Company was a participant; and (3) publicly available reports from the Economic Research Institute to supplement the Company's compensation data.
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DRI CORP (04/23/09) - The Company employs a direct subscription with the Economic Research Institute ("ERI") to access and utilize market compensation data from a peer group of companies, which provides information about the compensation levels of all of our top- and mid-level staff as compared to comparable positions in peer group companies. Based on ERI's survey data, the Board of Directors' HR&C Committee determined that base salaries and incentive compensation amounts, inclusive of compensation adjustments, as appropriate, were at, below or comparable to current median rates of compensation for our peer group while within the overall framework of the HR&C Committee's philosophy and objectives.
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PRGSCHULTZ INTERNATIONAL INC (04/23/09) - In connection with the hiring of Mr. White in June 2006, in order to ensure that his compensation was properly benchmarked, the Compensation Committee reviewed survey data from the Economic Research Institute, which provides geographic-specific survey data derived from 14,000 U.S. publicly-traded corporations' proxy statements, annual and other reports filed with the SEC (1994 to present), loan and employment applicant earnings verifications and digitized public records.
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ARRIS GROUP INC (04/20/09) - Survey Data. Survey data from various sources also are utilized, including the following:
  • ERI Executive Compensation Assessor 2008 (Economic Research Institute)

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CAPITAL BANK CORP (04/20/09) - In making compensation decisions, the Committee generally compares each element of total compensation, other than retirement plan benefits and perquisites, against a peer group of publicly-traded financial institutions (collectively, the "Compensation Peer Group") and published surveys such as the Economic Research Institute's Executive Compensation Assessor. Silverton assists the Committee in identifying the Compensation Peer Group and comparable positions, salaries and incentive compensation at Compensation Peer Group companies.
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OHIO VALLEY BANC CORP (04/20/09) - The 2007 Crowe Horwath Comprehensive and Midwest Financial Institutions Surveys, the Economic Research Institute salary database, the Watson Wyatt Financial Institutions Compensation Survey (commercial banks category) and the 2006 proxy data from a peer group of ten companies were used in the benchmarking analysis.
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BAKER MICHAEL CORP (04/17/09) - For 2008 salaries, the Compensation Committee reviewed such data from Hewitt, Economic Research Institute (ERI), Dietrich Surveys ( Dietrich ), Salary.com, and WorldatWork.
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ELECTRO OPTICAL SCIENCES INC NY (04/17/09) - In performing their study, AGF analyzed a peer group of twenty-three publicly-held companies, as well as industry specific data from the 2006 Compensation and Entrepreneurship Report in Life Sciences (a survey of 170 private companies in the life sciences, including approximately 80 medical device companies) and general compensation data from the Economic Research Institute
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WORLD ENERGY SOLUTIONS INC (04/17/09) - Economic Research Institute, Inc., a regional survey reporting on companies in the northeast region.
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KEY ENERGY SOLUTIONS INC (04/16/09) - Longnecker also reviewed survey data as a reference point to compare the compensation of our executives to those of a broad range of companies. The following published surveys utilized by Longnecker were:
  • Economic Research Institute, ERI Executive Compensation Assessor 2008;
  • Mercer Human Resources Consulting, 2007 Mercer Benchmark Database Executive

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DOUBLE EAGLE PETROLEUM CO (04/14/09) - Additionally, the majority of these companies have operations in the Rocky Mountains and/or Texas. o Survey Data: the survey data used to benchmark compensation were from the 2008 Economic Research Institute (ERI) and Mercer s 2007 U.S. Energy Compensation Survey.
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GREATBATCH INC (04/13/09) - Our total compensation packages are based in part upon a 2008 market study performed by Ernst & Young which utilized compensation peer group data supplemented by market survey data and adjusted for factors such as prior individual performance and expected future contributions, performance of the Company, internal equity within our Company and the degree of difficulty in replacing the individual. The 2008 market study, which provided base salary, total cash compensation and total direct compensation analysis, was based upon proxy data of our peer group and 2007 and 2008 survey data, trended to 2008, from the following sources:
TitlePublisherYear
Executive Compensation AssessorERI2008
U.S. Executive Survey ReportMercer HR Consulting2007
Top Management Compensation CalculatorWatson Wyatt Data Services2007/2008

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JUNIATA VALLEY FINANCIAL CORP (04/13/09) - Published survey sources used were from Economic Research Institute, CompAnalyst, Watson Wyatt 2008-2009 Financial Institution Survey and L.R. Webber Associates 2008 Survey.
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VIROPHARMA INC (04/10/09) - The salary surveys utilized by CBIZ Human Capital Services detail compensation for positions within the labor markets in which we typically hire our executive staff. Published survey sources utilized by CBIZ Human Capital Services in the analyses were:
  • CompAnalyst Executive
  • Economic Research Institute (ERI)-Consultants Salary Assessor
  • Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc.-Change-in-Control Report
  • Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc.-Fair Value Transfer Report
  • Unifi Network-Change in Control
  • Watson Wyatt Data Services-Compensation Policies & Practices, Non-Qualified Benefits & Perquisite Practices, Survey Reports on Top Management Compensation, and Top Management Compensation Calculator

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COBRA ELECTTRONICS CORP (04/09/09) - For this purpose, the Compensation Committee uses salary survey data of comparably situated companies from Economic Research Institute to guide it in its compensation recommendations.
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NATIONAL DENTEX CORP MA (04/09/09) - In reviewing compensation policies and practices for executives, the Compensation Committee reviews executive compensation surveys provided by its independent compensation consultant, Strategic Compensation Partners, obtained from The Survey Group, AON Consulting, ERI Executive Salary Assessor, and Towers Perrin.
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TEXAS CAPITAL BANCSHARES INC TX (04/09/09) - L&A relied upon published survey information provided by recognized sources including the Economic Research Institute, Watson Wyatt, William Mercer, and World at Work.
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BELDEN INC (04/06/09) - Consistent with our pay for performance philosophy, we target salaries of executive officers at the 50th percentile of the survey data of the competitive market and target annual cash incentive and long-term equity opportunities at the 75th percentile of the competitive market. For 2008, survey salary data included:
  • Economic Research Institute 2008 Executive Compensation Assessor
  • Watson Wyatt 2008/2009 Survey Report on Top Management Compensation
  • HayGroup 2008 Executive Compensation Report

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SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL INC (04/06/09) - Both the CEO and the Compensation Committee reviewed executive officer compensation survey data from Watson Wyatt Data Service, Salary.com, Inc. and Economic Research Institute.
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MANTECH INTERNATIONAL CORP (04/03/09) - The three published surveys that ManTech used for compensation setting purposes for 2008 were (i) the Economic Research Institute 2008 Executive Compensation Assessor (the ERI Survey); (ii) the Mercer Human Resources Consulting 2007 Executive Survey Report (the Mercer Survey); and (iii) the Watson Wyatt Data Services 2007/2008 Industry Report on Top Management Compensation (the Watson Wyatt Survey). WorldatWork's 2007/2008 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey was also used to trend the data presented in the ERI, Mercer and Watson Wyatt surveys to March 1, 2008 by a factor of 3.9% to allow for varying effective dates of the data collected from those surveys.
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RENT A CENTER INC DE (04/03/09) - The Compensation Committee did not retain a compensation consultant to assist it with compensation decisions for 2008 executive compensation, but relied on market data gathered by our Human Resources department in evaluating the competitiveness of pay arrangements for our named executive officers, including independent compensation surveys by companies (such as Mercer LLC and the Economic Research Institute (ERI), conducted with respect to companies categorized as retailers with similar sales revenue as our company.
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RUSH ENTERPRISES INC TX (04/01/09) - In addition to the above, Longnecker analyzed published survey data from the following sources:
  • Economic Research Institute, ERI Executive Compensation Assessor;
  • Watson Wyatt, Top Management Compensation - Industry Report;
  • Watson Wyatt, Top Management Compensation - Regression Analysis Report;
  • WorldatWork, Total Salary Increase Budget Survey; and
  • William Mercer, Executive Compensation Survey.

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TRINITY INDUSTRIES INC (04/01/09) - In addition to the comparator company proxy statement data, comparator company comparison data for base salary, cash annual incentives and long term incentives was obtained from a combination of the following published survey sources - Economic Research Institute, 2007 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor ("ERI"); Watson Wyatt, 2007/2008 Top Management Compensation - Industry Report ("Watson Wyatt"); William Mercer, 2007 Executive Compensation Survey ("Mercer") and Hewitt, TCM Online Executive, United States 2007 Survey ("Hewitt TCM").
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KNOLOGY INC (03/30/09) - The Economic Research Institute data offers a broader range of information regarding compensation rates and practices for comparable classification matches which are modified for industry, annual revenue and geographic location.
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EXACTECH INC (03/27/09) - 15 Organization Resource Counselors Executive Compensation Survey, Radford Global Life Sciences Survey, and, Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor, and the Florida Comp Data Survey.
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GOLFSMITH INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS INC (03/26/09) - In gathering the information for this study, we utilized reports from Mercer Corp., Watson Wyatt, and Economic Research Institute (jointly, the Compensation Surveys ) on executive and employee compensation.
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IDEXX LABORATORIES INC DE (03/25/09) - The company looks at surveys prepared by WorldatWork, Economic Research Institute, Mercer, and Radford.
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BRIDGE BANCORP INC (03/24/09) - Data is used from the Economic Research Institute ("ERI") to assess the cost of wages in the Bank's local market.
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PERFICIENT INC (03/24/09) - Published survey compensation data from the following sources was utilized: William Mercer, Watson Wyatt, World at Work, and the Economic Research Institute.
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STERLING CHEMICALS INC (03/24/09) - For 2009, our Compensation Committee initially received summary market data from Business & Legal Reports (Southwest), Economic Research Institute, Mercer Human Resources Consulting, Salary.com, Watson Wyatt Worldwide and World at Work.
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AXSYS TECHNOLOGIES INC (03/20/09) - Some of the resources used for comparison in the data provided by Buck Consultants were the Watson Wyatt Top Management Survey, the Economic Research Institute Salary Assessor and the Buck Consultants Proprietary Executive Survey.
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UNIT CORP (03/20/09) - Additionally, information from the following published surveys was incorporated into Longnecker s 2007 study: Economic Research Institute, ERI Executive Compensation Assessor 2007; Mercer Human Resources Consulting, 2007 Mercer Benchmark Database Executive; Watson Wyatt...
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FARMERS NATIONAL BANC CORP OH (03/11/09) - With the assistance of J.L. Nick, the Compensation Committee has reviewed (i) the 2007 Community Bankers Association of Ohio Financial Compensation Survey, (ii) the Ohio Bankers League 2007 Compensation Survey, (iii) the Economic Research Institute's Executive Compensation Assessor and (iv) identified various peer banking companies for the fiscal year 2008 that are competitive with the Corporation in terms of asset size and geography.
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