On July 3, 2010, the Justice Yates (the trial judge) overturned his decision after a bench trial convicting William Gilman and Edward McNenny of violating the Donnolly Act (New York’s antitrust statute) for rigging bids on insurance contracts. According to the New York Times, he did so based on “newly discovered contradictory statements made by witnesses who cooperated with prosecutors, and the suppression of documents that would have been ‘invaluable’ to the defense.” Gilman and McNenny are the only Marsh executives that were convicted after a trial. As reported in earlier posts, Marsh paid an $850 million civil penalty and was not prosecuted. One former Marsh executive pleaded guilty and others had their cases voluntarily dismissed by the government or were acquitted after a bench trial.
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On November 19, 2009, the New York Attorney General’s motion to dismiss the charges arising from alleged bid rigging of insurance policies against Thomas T. Green, Jr. and William L. Burnie (former Marsh executives) and Geri Mandel (a former Zurich executive) was granted by Justice James Yates. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sought dismissal in light of the acquittals of Joseph Peiser, Greg Doherty and Kathleen Drake, former Marsh executives, after an 11-month bench trial before Justice Yates, who was to preside at the upcoming trial. These acquittals were reported in the October 26, 2009 Post. As you may recall (and discussed in the February 22, 2008 Post), two Marsh executives were convicted of Donnelly Act violations after a 10-month bench trial. These cases were brought by then New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer. Marsh paid $850 million to settle and another Marsh executive pleaded guilty.
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Joseph Peiser, Greg Doherty and Kathleen Drake, former Marsh executives, were acquitted after an 11-month bench trial before Justice James Yates of violating New York’s antitrust law — the Donnelly Act. They were acquitted of bid-rigging in connection with the sale of insurance policies. As you may recall (and discussed in the February 22, 2008 Post), two Marsh executives were convicted of Donnelly Act violations after a 10-month bench trial. These cases were brought by then New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer. Marsh paid $850 million to settle and another Marsh executive pleaded guilty.
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On December 2, 2008, three Marsh executives went on trial in the Supreme Court of the State of New York (New York County) on charges of violating the Donnelly Act in connection with bid rigging of insurance policies. As you may recall (and discussed on the February 22, 2008 Post), two Marsh executives were convicted on Donnelly Act violations after a 10 month trial. These cases have been brought by the New York Attorney General. Marsh paid $850 million to settle and another Marsh executive pleaded guilty.
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The Connecticut Supreme Court recently held that the Connecticut Attorney General may pursue “damages to its general economy caused by violations of the Connecticut Antitrust Act.” State of Connecticut v. Marsh and Mclennan Companies, Inc., SC 17861 (Ct. Apr. 15, 2008). In Marsh, the Connecticut Attorney General claimed that the bid rigging scheme orchestrated by Marsh — in which Marsh decided which insurance companies should win individual contracts and which should submit high bids — caused far reaching harm to the entire Connecticut general economy. Insurance companies that did not comply with Marsh’s demands would be cut-off from all of Marsh’s customers. The Connecticut Attorney General argued that Connecticut was particularly vulnerable to Marsh’s scheme as Connecticut is home to many insurance companies. While the Court recognized that its decision conflicted with Hawaii v. Standard Oil Co. of California, 405 U.S. 251 (1972) (holding that Clayton Act does not confer standing for general economic harm), the Court observed that the relevant language of the Connecticut Antitrust Act differed from the Clayton Act. The Court noted that unlike the Clayton Act, the Connecticut Antitrust Act provides specifically that the attorney general may bring an action as parens patriae “with respect to damages to the general economy of the state or any political subdivision thereof.” The Court recognized that although the state may have difficulty proving those damages, it would be improper to grant a motion to dismiss the Complaint on that basis. A copy of the opinion is attached.
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February 22, 2008. Two former Marsh executives (William Gilman and Edward McNenney) were convicted after a 10-month bench trial of bid rigging in violation of New York’s Donnolly Act. They were acquitted of grand larceny and engaging in schemes to defraud. These charges stem from Marsh’s scheme of steering business to insurers who paid Marsh the highest contingent commissions. The case was brought by the New York State Attorney General in New York State Supreme Court, New York County. In addition to agreeing to refrain from such conduct in the future, Marsh had paid $850 million to settle with the New York Attorney General. Another executive pleaded guilty to engaging in a scheme to defraud in 2005.