Spitzer Strikes Again

New York's attorney general is attacking the insurance business--and a high-profile CEO

Eliot Spitzer received an anonymous letter last March that made for intriguing reading. The message suggested that the New York attorney general poke around Marsh & McLennan, the U.S.'s largest insurance broker and a firm Spitzer had tangled with in earlier financial- industry investigations. This time Spitzer asked Marsh about its practice of receiving "contingent commissions" from insurance companies, a controversial type of payment. That's when things started to get nasty. Spitzer says the more he probed, the more Marsh misled and "fed us the same foolishness they've been feeding the public over the years." He felt that Marsh CEO Jeffrey...

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