Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. has been left to defend itself in 19 cases alleging that it engaged in negligent supervision of independent agents selling its insurance, following a ruling by a Manhattan Supreme Court justice.

Justice Charles Edward Ramos concluded in Westchester Fire Insurance Co. v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Index No. 602970/98, that companies which issued general business risk insurance policies to Met Life were excused from defense obligations under policy exclusions.

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