3rd Circ. Sends Oxford Health To Class Arbitration With Doctors

Law360, New York (April 3, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT) -- The Third Circuit ruled Tuesday that an arbitrator can compel class arbitration even when a contract lacks explicit class arbitration provisions, forcing Oxford Health Plans LLC to re-enter negotiations with a group of doctors who claim the insurer delayed reimbursement payments.

In its second time ruling on a decade-long dispute between Oxford and a group of doctors who accused the company of responding tardily to payment claims and combining the procedures covered in order to cut down on reimbursements, the Third Circuit, in a published opinion,...
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