Statement By Attorney General Eliot Spitzer Regarding The Marsh & Mclennan Companies

The actions announced today by the Board of Directors of Marsh & McLennan Companies permits Marsh and this office to move forward toward a civil resolution of our lawsuit.

We are persuaded that the goals that would have been advanced by a criminal prosecution of the corporation - punishment, restitution, general deterrence, and industry reform - will be better accomplished by criminal prosecution of individuals, adoption by the company of dramatically new business procedures, installation of new leadership, a full examination of prior wrongdoing and a pledge of restitution to those harmed.

Realizing these goals, while also allowing Marsh & McLennan to retain a viable role in the marketplace, makes corporate criminal prosecution unnecessary.

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