AIG's lawsuit against the New York State Department of Financial
Services and its superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky, is unusual, with
an investigation target trying to stop any action.
The dispute centers on American Life Insurance Co, better known as
ALICO, and another former AIG unit known as DelAm. MetLife Inc,
another insurer, both bought units from AIG in 2010.
Earlier this week New York regulators said MetLife would pay $60
million because those two subsidiaries solicited insurance business
in New York without a license.
The Department of Financial Services added that a probe into
possible violations by AIG and other units before the 2010 MetLife
purchase was ongoing.
In its complaint, AIG said New York officials have threatened to
begin administrative proceedings and other actions in which they
would seek "substantial monetary penalties" from AIG over ALICO's
AIG said Lawsky's activity violated its rights to due process and
other provisions of the U.S. Constitution, and was an "unprecedented
attempt" to expand his regulatory authority.
The Department of Financial Services said it would respond in court.
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"AIG may not want to cooperate with our probe, but they are not
above the law — no matter how big or powerful they may be," Matt
Anderson, a spokesman for Lawsky, said on Thursday.
AIG last year repaid the last of what grew into a $182.3 billion
federal bailout related to the financial crisis.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel, Karen Freifeld and Luciana Lopez;
editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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