Two former Markel Corp. executives in their worried insurance-borrowed securities unit dismissed to have "unsecured personal relationships" sued the insurer on Thursday, claiming they were denied more than $ 70 million in redundancy payments due to the redundancies
In sets As filed in US federal courts, Anthony Belisle and Alissa Fredricks claim that Markel mistakenly searched his cell phones as part of an internal investigation of loss reserves, discovered that they were in a personal relationship and then changed company documents to carry such relationships before beating the leaders last month.
Mr. Belisle was CEO of Markel CATCo in Bermuda, and Mrs. Fredricks was Markel CATCo CEO-Bermuda. In December, Markel announced that US and Bermuda authorities had made "inquiries" related to the entity's loss reserves. The insurer initiated an internal investigation and on January 1
Markel said in a statement on Friday that he believes that "the reasons in these complaints have no merit and we intend to vigorously defend them."
In their suit filed in the US District Court in Concord, New Hampshire, Belisle claims that Markel refused to pay him substantial incentives of nearly $ 66 million after he was fired and "tarnished" his reputation "to prevent him from competing with Markel or Markel CATCo in the future."
In her suit filed in the US District Court in Boston, Fredericks makes similar charges and says that Markel refused to pay her nearly $ 7.5 million in incentive payments after she was fired.
According to Belisle's costume, Markel erroneously ended Belisle's employment based on a thinking, on a breach of corporate policy that was not, in fact, a violation of the policy at the time at which they changed the same policy only a few days prior to the termination, but after the incentive payments meant an obvious attempt to create a justification for their action. "
In a suit he says he intended CATCo 2010 and established the company with Qatar Insurance Co. according to an agreement where 45% of all profits belonged to him and 55% to QIC. The ILS company was successful and was sold to Markel 2015 for $ 205 million, court documents said Mr. Belisle stayed as CEO at a basic salary of $ 1 million plus incentive payments related to performance and if he was staying with the company beyond various agreed dates.
Mr. Belisle was granted $ 50 million in incentive payments in associated with staying with Markel, of which he awarded $ 12.5 million to other Markel CATCo employees, court documents said he was entitled to additional performance incentives up to $ 77.5 million, of which he awarded $ 17.1 million to other staff and $ 7 million to Mrs Fredricks, the final earning date was December 31, 2018, court documents say.
Ms. Fredricks Anstä was filed by Markel CATCo in May 2016 as senior actuary and quickly impressed managers at the company, says court documents. At the turn of the year, Mr. Belisle had identified her as her likely successor as CEO and she was appointed CEO-Bermuda in November 2017 according to the judgment.
Her retention bonus was to be paid periodically and was contingent on her staying with the company until 2021, the suit says.
Meanwhile, Markel led CATCo losses due to the hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and California wildfires in 2017. "These natural disasters required Markel CATCo and others to modify their losses reserves at the end of 2017 and in 2018, court documents say.
US and Bermuda authorities started requests for loss reserves supplements at the end of 2017. After Markel revealed inquiries, its stock was lowered and it was later met with a shareholder class action process.
Markel took in New York law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate , Meagher & Flom LLP to conduct an internal review. As part of the review, mobiles and laptops were searched from various Markel employees, the judgment allegedly
Markel and the Injury "without revealing that they would depict personal communication and communication modes, e.g. WhatsApp, and without suggesting employees had choices, demanded that all employees, including the plaintiff, leave their personal phones and other business and personal electronic devices to be imaged and / or immediately sought, courts say.
At the end of December, Markel proposed an amended employment contract to Mr Belisle, thereby potentially losing his incentive payment based on the investigation findings, the courts said. Mr Belisle rejected the proposal.
In January, lawyers at the Shadden accused Belisle of "having engaged in a revealed personal relationship with Mrs Fredricks" and said that the relationship violates Markel's code of conduct, even though "no such prohibitions existed in the agreements or in the code as it was on December 2018, which was the last code submitted to and signed by the plaintiff and Mrs Fredricks, the court said.
According to the January Markel judgment, a clause in the code of conduct that impedes relations between managers and employees introduced
. the suit, that Mrs Fredrick's "campaigns" were underway before a personal relationship began "and her incentive payments were granted by Mr Belisle" from his own incentive payment ", which was common to key members of his team.
On January 18, Markel chose five new members to the Markel CATCo Board, of which Mr Belisle and Ms. Fred Ricks were also members, terminated the executives' employment and told them their incentives would not be paid, courts say.
Mr. Belisle and Mrs Fredricks argue, among other things, against their employment contract, slander and invasion of privacy. They seek contractual, compensation and penal damages.