NU Online News Service, May 23, 2:30 p.m. EDT,Washington--An academic study that concluded that lawsuitactivity in Illinois is not the cause of medical malpracticepremium increases was attacked as flawed by an insurance tradegroup.

The American Insurance Association contends that courtstatistics were used improperly in the study, "Medical Malpracticeand the Tort System in Illinois." The study was prepared by Prof.Neil Vidmar of Duke University.

David Corum, AIA assistant vice president, said that "Otheravailable data that are conveniently ignored by Prof. Vidmarprovide ample evidence of the problems plaguing Illinois' medicalliability system and the need for reform."

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