The reduction in the number of malpractice claims against CPA firms in 2004 and 2005 has led to a softening of today's market, according to several of the nation's insurance providers."It's not exactly soft, but it's softening," said Gary B. Sutherland, chief executive of Framingham, Mass.-based North American Professional Liability Insurance Agency.

"A number of major carriers have done rate decreases, and most of my accounts are coming in with no rate increase or a decrease."

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