To hear company officials tell it Unum is emphatically on the mend, this after the disability insurer was wracked by scandal and losses earlier in the decade.

In 2005, Unum reached a costly settlement with attorneys general in 49 states over allegations of unfairly terminating or denying coverage to disabled clients. That was after a 60 Minutes exposé pilloried the company.

Its other big problem was in the profit department, the result of horribly underpricing policies sold to doctors, lawyers and other professionals. Those policies are now in "run-off" mode, with beefed-up reserves for claims, meaning they can die a slow but less costly death.

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