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April 23, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Life insurance giant MetLife Inc. will shell out nearly $500 million to settle a multi-state probe into its alleged failure to pay death benefits to beneficiaries. The company said it will pay out about $438 million over the next 17 years, with $188 million going out to beneficiaries this year. Insurance regulators from dozens of states have accused the company of delaying or withholding life insurance payments to many of its policyholders. About $40 million of that will likely end up in California, said State Controller John Chiang . The funds will either be sent on to beneficiaries of deceased MetLife policyholders or stored in state coffers as unclaimed property.
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BUSINESS
October 18, 2005 | From Reuters
Citigroup Inc. reported a 35% rise in third-quarter profit on the sale of an insurance unit, and said higher investment banking revenue offset weakness in consumer banking and the effect of Hurricane Katrina. Net income for the world's largest bank rose to $7.14 billion, or $1.38 a share, from $5.31 billion, or $1.02, a year earlier. The latest results included a $2.12-billion gain from the sale of Travelers Life & Annuity to MetLife Inc. and $222 million of costs from Katrina.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
More U.S. insurers will be disciplined for allowing market timing in mutual funds linked to variable annuities, a Securities and Exchange official said Thursday. Trading improprieties in the insurance industry were uncovered during the SEC's investigation of market timing in the mutual fund industry. Conseco Inc. and Inviva Inc.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2006 | From Reuters
Top executives of 17 major U.S. financial institutions expressed concerns about Congress adopting far-reaching proposals to regulate foreign purchases of U.S. assets, including requiring lengthy reviews of such deals, according to a letter made public Wednesday. The leaders of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup , MetLife Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and others wrote Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
Citigroup Inc.'s president and chief operating officer, Robert B. Willumstad, has decided to step down from those positions to seek the top job at a public company, the financial services giant announced Thursday. Citigroup said Willumstad, 59, intended to work with management to assure an orderly transition of his responsibilities between now and September. Willumstad has been president since 2002.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2011 | Bloomberg News
American International Group Inc. posted its first profit in three quarters Thursday on gains from divestitures. Fourth-quarter net income of $11.2 billion, or $16.60 a share, compares with a loss of $8.87 billion, or $65.51, a year earlier, the New York-based insurer said in a regulatory filing. Chief Executive Robert Benmosche raised almost $37 billion last year selling American Life Insurance Co. to MetLife Inc. and divesting a majority stake in AIA Group Ltd. in a public offering.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Here are some of the key economic and business events scheduled for the week. Today: * Senate Governmental Affairs panel holds hearing on the mutual fund industry. * Commerce Department reports on construction spending for September. * Institute of Supply Management releases its manufacturing index report for October. * Automakers report on vehicle sales for October. * Charter Communications Inc., Kellogg Co. and MetLife Inc. release third-quarter earnings. * Tuesday: * D.C.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2006 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
A San Diego County insurance broker accused of taking kickbacks from insurance companies agreed Thursday to return as much as $2 million to former clients. Universal Life Resources of Del Mar was hired by large employers such as Intel Corp. to negotiate group life and disability coverage for their workers. Authorities say Universal steered these clients to insurers who had secretly pledged to pay it kickbacks. Universal owner Douglas P.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
The California Department of Insurance and regulators from six other states announced Thursday that they signed a settlement with Prudential Insurance Co. of America that requires the insurer to use enhanced research techniques to find beneficiaries of life insurance policies. The agreement, said California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, should "ensure that when life insurance policyholders die, their beneficiaries receive the benefits owed. " Prudential is the first of more than half a dozen targeted insurance companies to settle with California and the other states, which include Florida, Illinois, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2011 | By Ronald D. Orol
Major U.S. banks are about to get penalized for "critical deficiencies" and shortcomings in how they handled foreclosures, a top federal regulator said Thursday at a Senate Banking Committee hearing examining the Dodd-Frank Act six months after its congressional approval. "These deficiencies have resulted in violations of state and local foreclosure laws, regulations or rules," said John Walsh, acting comptroller of the currency. Banking regulators are preparing sanctions and "remedial requirements," he said.
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