Hearing of long-running lawsuit against AIA ends, verdict expected soon

Plaintiffs seek damages of up to US$5.13 million from the insurer due to a fake policy sold by a former agent

Hearing of long-running lawsuit against AIA ends, verdict expected soon

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

The hearing of a lawsuit filed in Singapore against AIA by an Indonesian couple over a fake insurance policy sold by a rogue agent has come to an end.
The hearing, which took 40 court days, began in February 2016. High Court judge Belinda Ang is expected to come back with a verdict in a few months.
Ong Han Ling and his wife Enny Ariandini Pramana, both 78, filed a suit for negligence and breach of duty of care in 2012 against AIA and an allied firm, Motion Insurance Agency, reports the Straits Times.

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The lawsuit was in connection to a fraudulent insurance policy worth SGD7 million (US$5.06 million) sold to the couple by former AIA agent Sally Low. In May 2016, Low was sentenced to eight years in jail.
The latter part of the case’s hearing included expert testimonies from senior insurance officials for both sides. For the prosecution side, former NTUC Income chief executive Tan Kin Lian took the stand. The defence, on the other hand, called on Mun Cheong Fai, former executive director at Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore.

Ong and Pramana, both permanent residents of Singapore, seek damages of SGD4.2 million to SGD7.2 million (US$3 million to US$5.13 million). Represented by law firm KhattarWong, they allege that AIA and Motion have failed to uphold their duty to provide their clients with a reliable internal system to detect and prevent fraud.

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