ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's attorney general can continue his effort to bar two former American International Group Inc. executives from participating in the securities industry or leading a public company, the state's top court said Tuesday.

The Court of Appeals ruling involves a remaining piece of a high-profile lawsuit originally filed in 2005 by then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

The lawsuit claims former AIG CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg and former chief financial officer Howard Smith engaged in accounting fraud meant to dress up the insurance giant's books.

AIG was bailed out by the federal government during the 2008 financial crisis. Much of the case has been resolved in a series of agreements and decisions over the years, including AIG itself resolving state charges as part of a $1.64 billion agreement with regulators in 2006.

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