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AIG's Ex-CEO Greenberg Sues Company

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NEW YORK -- The former chief executive officer of American International Group (AIG) on Monday sued the company he led for 38 years, saying AIG misled investors about its exposure to subprime mortgages.

Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, 83, claimed in papers filed in federal court in Manhattan Monday that the company, once the world's largest insurer, has ruined his fortune by lying about its financial health.

The lawsuit says Greenberg, who served as AIG CEO from 1967 until he retired in March 2005, was the New York-based company's largest non-institutional shareholder. Christina Pretto, a company spokeswoman, said: "We believe the suit is without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously."

AIG's stock fell to 42 cents Monday, as the government threw a stunning new $30 billion lifeline to the insurance giant, even as it confirmed it lost more than twice that much, $62 billion, last quarter. The source of trouble for AIG, which has 74 million customers worldwide and operations in more than 130 countries, is its business insuring mortgage-backed securities and other debt against default. That business imploded once the credit crisis struck with force.

The government has now made four separate efforts to save the company, totaling more than $170 billion.

Greenberg was forced out of AIG amidst a controversy in spring 2005 when the company restated its financial statements for the previous five years, acknowledging accounting improprieties, including "improper or inappropriate transactions."

New York regulators later accused AIG, Greenberg and the company's former chief financial officer of orchestrating an accounting scheme that made AIG's financial picture appear brighter than it was, misleading both investors and regulators.


Do you support the government's plan to give even more financial aid to AIG?

Yes. The company must be supported to keep the financial system from collapsing.
Yes. But the government needs to address the company's problems more quickly.
No. The company needs to sort out its issues without more funds.
No. Taxpayers have had enough of this. If it fails, it fails.

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