Recent legal decisions affecting lawsuits arising from the subprime mortgage market meltdown could mean that a multi-billion dollar loss prediction for the directors and officers’ insurance sector is overblown, a consulting firm said.

Advisen’s findings in a new briefing paper reacted to the Sept. 6 “worst-case scenario” from the Bear Stearns investment firm, which saw a possible $3 billion loss for D&O insurers resulting from the subprime collapse.

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