Judge: Govt Wrongly Ignored Costs to MetLife of Threat Tag

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 10:11 PM

U. S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer says she decided to strike the government'south labeling of MetLife because it was "arbitrary and capricious." The federal regulators who create up the Financial Stability Oversight Council failed to consider possible financial damage to the insurance giant from the action, backtracking on their own policy, Collyer wrote.

A federal judge says the government acted unreasonably by ignoring the costs to MetLife of being targeted for stricter supervision as a potential threat to the financial system.

U. S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer says she decided to strike the government'south labeling of MetLife because it was "arbitrary and capricious." The federal regulators who create up the Financial Stability Oversight Council failed to consider possible financial damage to the insurance giant from the action, backtracking on their own policy, Collyer wrote.

Her opinion, which had been kept below seal, was made public Thursday. In a ruling latest Wednesday, Collyer removed the council'south labeling of MetLife Inc. as "systemically important" — requiring closer oversight.

Her ruling dealt a setback to the government'south policy for preventing another financial crisis using new legal tools.

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