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Morgan Stanley Told to Face MetLife MBS Suit

July 16 (Bloomberg) -- Morgan Stanley was ordered by a New York judge to face a suit by MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. life insurer, over $758 million in residential mortgage-backed securities.

Justice Eileen Bransten in state Supreme Court in Manhattan denied New York-based Morgan Stanley’s motion to dismiss MetLife’s claims of fraud, fraudulent inducement and aiding and abetting fraud. The July 8 ruling was made public today.

MetLife, based in New York, sued Morgan Stanley in April 2012, accusing the investment bank of fraud and other claims involving in residential mortgage-backed securities purchased in nine offerings in 2006 and 2007.

Morgan Stanley didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the ruling.

The case is Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. v. Morgan Stanley, 651360/2012, New York State Supreme Court, New York County (Manhattan).

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Dolmetsch in New York State Supreme Court at cdolmetsch@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Dunn at adunn8@bloomberg.net

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