Showdown Looms Over AIG Bonuses


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Published in The Wall Street Journal October 14, 2009 by Deborah Solomon, Michael R. Crittenden, and Liam Pleven

The U.S. pay czar is clashing with American International Group Inc. over $243 million in retention bonuses, potentially sparking a showdown over the insurer’s compensation practices.
Kenneth Feinberg, the Treasury Department’s special master for compensation, has told AIG it should reduce $198 million in promised payments for 2010 and recoup $45 million already paid in 2009. The demands were made public in a report from Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general overseeing the government’s bailout.

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