The staff say they were denied payouts due 'significant media and political pressure'.
American International Group was sued by former staff who say they were denied $100m in bonuses amid public outrage over derivative trades that crippled the insurer and threatened the stability of global financial markets.
Bloomberg News reports that details of the U.K. lawsuit, which was filed in 2014, emerged at a London court hearing Friday. The 23 traders, analysts and managers, who worked at a subsidiary of AIG Financial Products, were denied deferred compensation because of “significant media and political pressure” resulting from the U.S. government’s rescue deal, according to documents their lawyers submitted for the preliminary hearing.
AIG’s Financial Products unit almost brought down the company with money-losing derivative bets backing subprime mortgages. The U.S. saved AIG in a 2008 rescue that then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said made him “more angry” than any other measure the government took to counter the financial crisis. The bailout swelled to $182.3bn, and public ire intensified after the company committed to paying hundreds of millions of dollars in retention awards to keep AIGFP staff so they could help unwind trades.
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