Olive Tree Holdings L.L.C. and a trust administrator are suing the Phoenix Companies Inc., Hartford, and 2 of its subsidiaries alleging the companies used fraud to convince elderly individuals to purchase multi-million dollar life insurance policies, telling them the policies could be freely changed into life settlements.
The 2nd of two lawsuits was filed Oct. 26 in Santa Barbara Superior Court in Los Angeles by Alan Fenton as trustee for 14 insurance trusts and Olive Tree Holdings L.L.C. against PHL and its units, PHL Variable Insurance Company and Phoenix Life Insurance Company for fraud and other charges, according to a press release issued by Gerald Kroll, an attorney filing the case.
The 1st lawsuit was filed June 25 by Fenton as trustee of 17 life insurance trusts and XLI Holdings L.L.C. against PHL with similar allegations, according to the release.
Combined, the policies at issue in both cases have a face value that exceeds $260 million, according to Kroll.