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More broker-dealers are suspending their sale of Nicholas Schorsch-affiliated nontraded real estate investment trusts. The suspensions are coming in the wake of the announcement of a $23 million accounting error involving American Reality Capital Properties Inc., which is the traded REIT under Schorsch’s control. Even after the error was found it was purportedly purposely left unfixed.

Now, LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (LPLA), the biggest independent broker-dealer in the country, has said that it has put a stop for now to the sale of products sponsored Schorsch’s RCS Capital Corporations, American Realty Capital Properties Inc., and their affiliates. LPL has almost 14,000 advisers.

Another brokerage network, AIG Advisor Group, which has four broker dealers and 6,000 registered representatives and advisers, said it was suspending its sale of two Schorsch-related nontraded REITS: the Phillips Edison-ARC Grocery Center REIT II and the American Realty Capital New York City REIT Inc.

American International Group (AIG) and Maiden Lane II dismissing lawsuit against the Federal Reserve Bank of New York regarding the $182.3 billion financial bailout that the insurer received during the 2008 economic crisis. In dispute was whether AIG still had the right to pursue a lawsuit over residential mortgage-backed securities losses and if the company had moved $18 billion of litigation claims to Maiden Lane, which is a New York Fed-created entity.

An AIG spokesperson said that in the wake of a recent ruling by a district judge in California that the company did not assign $7.3 billion of the claims to Maiden Lane, both are dropping their action without prejudice. This means that AIG can now pursue Bank of America (BAC) for these claims, which is what the insurer wants to do.

Bank of America had said that AIG could not sue it over the allegedly fraudulent MBS because the latter transferred that right when the New York Fed bought the instruments in question 2008. However, according to Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer, even if the New York Fed meant for Maiden Lane II to have these claims, that intention was not made clear.

The plaintiffs who are suing the US Government over losses they claim they sustained during its bailout of American International Group (AIG) have been granted class certification. Seeking $55 million, they are contending that the government behaved unconstitutionally when it rescued the company in 2008 during the economic crisis.

In their securities case, investment firm Starr International Co. is claiming that the federal government violated the Fifth Amendment via two transactions that resulted in the delivery of $182 billion in loans backed by US taxpayers and other financial facilities to the beleaguered insurance giant. Starr once was the largest shareholder of AIG, possessing a 12% stake. Judge Thomas C. Wheeler of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims certified two classes related to the two transactions.

One class is comprised of AIG shareholders from September 22, 2008, when a credit agreement granting the government a 79.9% stake in AIG went into effect. The second class is made up of shareholders from the beginning of June 30, 2009 that were not given the chance to vote on a reverse stock split that the government allegedly initiated. The plaintiffs say that both actions were an illegal taking that violated the US Constitution.

Recently, a secret deal came to light involving the Federal Reserve Bank of New York bailing out Bank of America (BAC) that released the latter from all legal claims involving mortgage-backed securities losses that the former obtained when the government rescued American International Group (AIG) in 2008. Some believe that the bank was allowed to abscond responsibility even as AIG sought to recover $7 billion that was loss on these same MBSs.

According to The New York Times, as part of its settlement with BofA, the New York Fed obtained $43 million in a securities dispute involving two of the mortgage securities. For no compensation, the bank was released from all other legal claims.

The roots of this settlement can be traced back to 2008 when the government intervened to rescue AIG . Part of that aid involved AIG selling mortgage securities to Maiden Lane II, which the New York Fed oversees. At the time, the insurer was losing money from toxic mortgages, many of which came from BofA. AIG obtained $20.8 billion for securities valued at $39.2 billion.

Second Circuit Dismisses Securities Fraud Lawsuit Against Citigroup

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed the district court’s decision to throw out the securities fraud lawsuit filed by a real estate developer against Citigroup (C) and its former CEO Vikram Pandit. Sheldon H. Solow had accused both of them of allegedly making omissions and misstatements that highlighted the bank’s liquidity and capitalization while downplaying financial problems. Because of this, he contends, the financial firm’s stock price became artificially inflated and then fell when the truth about the firm’s financial health became known.

The appeals court held that while Solow, in his securities lawsuit, did an adequate job of pleading alleged misstatements and omissions about Citigroup’s liquidity, he did not succeed in showing that the statements caused his financial losses. It also dismissed his control-person claim against Pandit, saying that there was a failure to plead a primary violation by the bank.

American International Group Inc. (AIG) is trying to get credit-ratings firms and investors to get behind the sale of life settlements, which are securities backed by the life insurance polices of older people. Per the insurer’s recent proposal, a subsidiary of AIG’s Chartis property casualty unit would collateralize notes valued at $900 million with 1,157 policies. AIG would like to sell $250 million to outside investors.

So far, AIG’s efforts have been met with resistance. It doesn’t help that Standard & Poor’s won’t rate the securities, which could help rally investors. In fact, S & P’s March report emphasizes the securities “unique risks.” It doesn’t help that some critics call these securities “collateralized death obligations,” “blood pools,” or “death bonds” because they pay off upon the insured’s death.

Investors who buy life settlements are betting that the benefits they get upon the insured’s death will be greater than the cash they’ve paid for both the policy and its premiums. However, due to the 2008 credit crisis or because some of the insured ended up living longer than expected, many life settlement investors have lost money on these securities. Securities lawsuits have followed and the market has stayed depressed. AIG says that as of the end of 2010, it has paid over $177.8 million to settle 479 claims. In exchange, it received the policies. Per AIG’s financial filings, the insurer has about $18 billion in anticipated death benefits. That’s more than 1/3rd of the approximately $45 billion in these benefits that have changed hands in the last decade.

The Wall Street Journal reports that generally, life insurers consider investor ownership of policies—especially involving those betting on someone’s death—as not good for the industry. There are even some insurance companies that have gone to court claiming that they were misled buy buyers who said they wanted policies for estate planning when, in fact, they actually wanted to flip them for investors.

Our institutional investment fraud law firm are dedicated to helping investors recoup their losses.

AIG Tries to Sell Death-Bet Securities, The Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2011

Seniors Beware: What you should know about life settlements, FINRA

Life Settlement Securitizations Present Unique Risks, Standard and Poor’s

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, Stockbroker Fraud Blog, August 5, 2010

Securitization of Life Insurance Settlements Might Lead to Next Financial Crisis, Say Lawmakers, Stockbroker Fraud Blog, September 27, 2009

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American International Group Inc. is reorganizing Chartis, its property and casual insurer, into two global groups—one consumer and one commercial. AIG executive vice president, finance, risk and investments Peter D. Hancock has been named Chartis’s chief executive officer, while current Chartis CEO Kristian P. Moor is to become vice chairman.

John Q. Doyle, who was formerly Chartis US’s CEO will head the global commercial business, while current chief administrative officer Jeffrey L. Hayman will be in charge of the global consumer business group. Both men will report to Hancock. The reorganization will section Chartis into four regions: U.S./Canada, Europe, Growth Economies, and Far East.

It was just this February that Chartis had to put aside $4.2 billion for loss reserve increases. According to AIG CEO Robert Benmosche, strengthening claims management, underwriting, risk management, and reserving so that the right risk-adjusted returns are earned remain top priorities. Benmosche promised to rebuild businesses needed to pay back the firm’s $182.3 billion government rescue. Benmosche, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, intends to step down in 2012.

Chartis has over 45 million clients internationally located in over 160 nations. Last year, the insurer wrote $31.6 billion in net premiums. Meantime, AIG’s stock performance has been less than stellar with a 26% drop since the start of the year.

Related Web Resources:
AIG Revamps Chartis, Makes Hancock Head After Reserve Boost, Bloomberg, March 31, 2011

AIG Reorganizes Chartis, Its Global Property Casualty Business; Peter Hancock Named Chartis CE, Market Watch, March 31, 2011

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