Cigna Pattern-Or-Practice Claim Can’t Beat Arbitration Pact

Law360, New York (April 19, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday explained his decision to compel arbitration of the individual plaintiff's claims in a proposed $100 million sex bias class action against Cigna Corp., saying that a pattern-or-practice claim is a procedural device and not a cause of action.

U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV in March granted Cigna’s motion to compel arbitration with Bretta Karp, a senior contract negotiator who joined Cigna in 1997 and who filed a lawsuit in March 2011 on behalf of potentially thousands of female...
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