NU Online News Service, May 23, 2:30 p.m. EDT, Washington–An academic study that concluded that lawsuit activity in Illinois is not the cause of medical malpractice premium increases was attacked as flawed by an insurance trade group.

The American Insurance Association contends that court statistics were used improperly in the study, “Medical Malpractice and the Tort System in Illinois.” The study was prepared by Prof. Neil Vidmar of Duke University.

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