WASHINGTON (AP) - MetLife has won a major legal challenge to the government's policy for preventing another financial crisis, as a federal judge tossed out its designation by regulators that its failure would pose a threat to the financial system.

WASHINGTON (AP) MetLife has won a major legal challenge to the government's policy for preventing another financial crisis, as a federal judge tossed out its designation by regulators that its failure would pose a threat to the financial system.

MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. insurance company by assets, took the government to court more than a year ago to appeal its labeling by the Financial Stability Oversight Council as "systemically important." That means regulators deemed MetLife to be so big and entwined with the financial system that it could threaten the economy if it collapsed.

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer issued an order Wednesday removing the designation of MetLife.

The government has the right to appeal. The Treasury Department said in a statement it "will continue to defend the council's designations process vigorously."