NEW YORK – Facing a certain backlash from Washington and beyond, American International Group won’t be joining a $25 billion shareholder lawsuit against the U.S. government over the terms of its bailout at the height of the financial crisis.

The suit was filed by Starr International, a company headed by AIG’s founder and former CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg. It alleges that the government took nearly all of the insurer’s stock as part of its $182 billion bailout without giving investors proper compensation.

A congressman from Vermont had already issued a statement telling AIG: “Don’t even think about” joining the suit.

AIG decided to stay out of it.