The Associated Press

Massachusetts Judge Blasts AIG In $7M Decision

WOBURN, Mass. — A Massachusetts judge has ordered AIG Inc. to pay at least $7 million to a Wellesley man injured after he was struck by a bus in a scathing decision that accuses the insurer of hiding evidence and manipulating witnesses.

Odin Anderson was struck as he crossed a Boston street in 1998.

A jury ruled in Anderson’s favor in 2003 and after an appeal he was given $3.6 million by AIG in 2008.

Anderson’s lawyers pursued a complaint alleging bad faith practices after they learned of questionable defense tactics during the 2003 trial. That case was heard in September.

The Boston Globe reports that Judge Brian Davis in his decision Tuesday said AIG lawyers fabricated facts and persuaded the bus driver who struck Anderson to change his story.

An AIG spokesman refused comment.

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