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.