AIG Generously Decides Not To Sue The Country That Bailed It Out

Tyler Durden's picture

While Ackman and Loeb battle it out over HLF, the other potentially firework-prone battle has died an ignominious death. The WSJ reports that AIG has generously decided not to bit the Treasury hand that fed it just a few short years ago:

  • *AIG WON'T PURSUE CLAIMS ITSELF                          :AIG US

It seems that common-sense prevailed for once - or did Benmosche and team get a friendly tap on the shoulder from outgoing Treasury head Geithner that stirring up a few million pages of Treasury documentation would not be good for anyone?


Via WSJ:

American International Group Inc.'s directors decided Wednesday not to participate in a lawsuit that accuses the U.S. government of taking advantage of the company in its rescue from the financial crisis, according to two people briefed on the decision.


The suit was filed in 2011 in a federal claims court by Starr International Co., the company headed by AIG's 87-year-old former chief executive, Maurice R. "Hank" Greenberg, and seeks $25 billion in damages for AIG and its shareholders. Starr requested that AIG join it in pursuing the claims, and the insurer's board agreed to hear presentations on the suit during Wednesday's meeting.


News of AIG's consideration of the matter this week unleashed a torrent of criticism that the big insurer appeared ungrateful toward taxpayers for the massive rescue effort, one of the biggest of the 2008-09 crisis.


Mindful of the potential backlash, a number of AIG directors entered Wednesday's meeting leaning toward rejecting Starr's request to join its suit, people familiar with their thinking said. Endorsing Starr's action, the people said, could hinder AIG's efforts to rebuild its reputation.


Last month, the U.S. government sold its last remaining shares in AIG, and on Jan. 1 the company launched a nationwide advertising campaign thanking U.S. taxpayers and touting its recovery from the crisis.


AIG's directors met for dinner Tuesday night in advance of Wednesday's unusual mock-trial-like session, in which teams of high-powered lawyers representing Starr, the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve were expected to make presentations about the matter.

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LongSoupLine's picture

I guarantee Goldman was fucking involved with that "tap on the shoulder". Fuckers behind the scenes making fucking drug deals.

Fuck off AIG.

NotApplicable's picture

"Endorsing Starr's action, the people said, could hinder AIG's efforts to rebuild its reputation."

I'd say their reputation as a CIA financial entity has already been built.

AlaricBalth's picture

You are right LSL. Any litigation concerning AIG and the government would have allowed into evidence, and the public domain, certain financial documentation, e-mail records, internal memos, etc., that would not have stood up under public scrutiny. It would have opened Pandora's Box and this just could not happen. Too many skeletons.

SaveTheBales's picture

Mr. Greenberg, meet Mr. Foster.

Mr. Foster, Mr. Greenberg.

ReeferMac's picture

I found it interesting reading this article, when prior in the day an informative one from Reggie Middleton explained WHY AIG might want to enjoin the suit (and per usual, the man made a great deal of sense). Reggie direclty implicated Goldman's bailout of the CDS swaps on AIG, as the reason AIG was forced into taking the bailout - So GS didn't have to pay-out on the CDS it had written.


lolmao500's picture

Certainly they need another bailout for them being so kind!

AccreditedEYE's picture

The train is about to leave the station, AGAIN..... This is seriously becoming so easy, a child could do it.

Mad Mohel's picture

Benmosche and Greenberg decided against biting the hand that fed them. This is worrisome because it means these shysters have something even more sinister in the works.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

It would have been a PR nightmare if they had.

<I feel their pain.........NOT.>

DaveyJones's picture

Yes, I prefer their horrors happen when they're conscious

Say What Again's picture

I wonder how many guns Hank Greenberg has hidden away.

earleflorida's picture

the beginning of the end, for what seems to have created the housing burst that destroyed the u.s. economy has unknowingly brought upon itself... self-immolation

fuck you greenburg

SuperDeDuper's picture

People are fucking retarded, plain and simple.

ReeferMac's picture

Alas, I have but one vote to cast.

TheCanadianAustrian's picture

Now that's a misleading headline.

lolmao500's picture
In other news... President Obama spokesman Jay Carney says Congress must act to raise debt ceiling - No alternative to Congress raising the debt ceiling.

What a load of BULLSHIAT.

Dr. Engali's picture

The squid doing God's work for the muppets again. All hail the squid.

pragmatic hobo's picture

No matter, what fucking ass holes.

dunce's picture

I think that if client 69 not forced Greenberg out with bogus charges that the court just threw out, AIG would not have gotten deep in the weeds with piles of exotic financial junk paper when the govt. mortgage plans all collapsed of their own NPL weight and they would not have needed a giant bailout. Who got them into funny money paper after Greenberg was forced out, did Goldman peddle the worthless CDS to them in the house of cards scheme? Might the court award C V Starr a lien on AIGs future profits or scoop an award out of the US treasury?