We suspected, and told you, dear reader, that there was very little that the government could, should or would do. Not only did they do very little, other than nearly incite a riot (including here in the comments sections), but *gasp* AIG employees in all the groups are still actually getting paid- and there are few if any restrictions on those payments going forward.
Steven Davidoff sums it up for us in "We Fought AIG and AIG Won," which amuses us to no end because it implies that AIG and "The Law" are synonymous- though we doubt Davidoff caught the overt cheer for sanctity of contract implicit in his poorly chosen title.
Just in case you might have forgotten that DealBook is a New York Times venture, Davidoff salts his piece with thinly disguised indignant rage, but the key stuff is here:
The only thing in these agreements (accessible here, here and here) that the Treasury did to pursue these retention bonuses is to deduct the $165 million in total payments from the approximately $183.5 billion made available to A.I.G. In addition, the Treasury charged A.I.G. a commitment fee of $165 million to be paid from the operating cash flow of the company. Since money is fungible, and the government has now agreed to support the company anyway, the latter requirement is meaningless.
How'd you like to be one of the AIG people who bothered to return your bonus now?
We Fought A.I.G. and A.I.G. Won [Dealbook]