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Independent actuaries have taken issue with a recent consumer group report charging that medical malpractice insurers have accumulated unreasonable surpluses over the past few years.

Towers Perrin actuaries James Hurley and Gail Tverberg said a study released by the New York-based Center for Justice and Democracy and five consumer groups in July contained “meaningless and unsound” comparisons of paid loss to written premium. Former Missouri Commissioner Jay Angoff took a lead role in writing that report.

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