On June 15, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board issued a public statement regarding AIG and the recently issued United States Court of Federal Claims decision in Starr International Company, Inc. v. The United States. In its statement, the Federal Reserve Board stated that its actions during the bailout of AIG during the financial crisis were “legal, proper and effective.” In the decision, the United States Court of Federal Claims found in favor of Starr International Company, Inc. on a portion of its claim against the United States under the Fifth Amendment, but ultimately did not award any damages. The opinion strongly criticized many of the US government’s actions with respect to the assistance it provided AIG in 2008 and the years following. Ultimately, the Court held that no damages were available to the shareholders, because they were in fact in a better position than they would have been had the US government not intervened and AIG had filed for bankruptcy.
The Federal Reserve Board press release is available at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/other/20150615a.htm.