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U.S. judge tosses damages bid by ex-AIG CEO Greenberg over 2008 bailout

WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday ruled the U.S. government does not owe Maurice "Hank" Greenberg and other American International Group shareholders any damages over the company's 2008 bailout.

Former AIG CEO Greenberg, through his company Starr International Co, sued the U.S. government in 2011, arguing the terms of the initial $85 billion loan package were unduly onerous, including an almost 80 percent U.S. stake in AIG.

Judge Thomas Wheeler of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled in favor of Greenberg on the issue of law, but Greenberg had sought as much as $50 billion in damages on behalf of Starr and about 270,000 other shareholders.

Starr International Co was AIG's largest shareholder at the time of the bailout, with a 12 percent stake.

(Reporting by Lindsay Dunsmuir)