Midland National Defends Annuity Liquidity Options
Midland National Life Insurance Company, West Des Moines, Iowa, says its customers can get cash out of its annuities relatively quickly.
A team of lawyers in California recently drew attention to Midland National annuities by filing a suit in a state court in Los Angeles that alleges the company sold the late John Migliacci, who was 73, an annuity that would give him only minimal access to his principal for 13 years and would not mature for many more years.
A press release announcing the suit generated a flurry of press coverage in a variety of local and national publications, including National Underwriter, before Midland National executives or the companys lawyers had had time to look at the complaint, according to Robert Phillips Jr., an Oakland, Calif., lawyer who serves as Midland Nationals outside counsel.
Midland National does not want to talk out of court about the specific annuity that Migliacci owned, but the company now wants to make it clear that, in general, the type of “Bonus 10″ annuity that Migliacci owned offers good liquidity features, Phillips says.