High Court Takes Oxford Class Arbitration Appeal

Law360, New York (December 7, 2012, 8:24 PM EST) -- The question of whether class arbitration is permissible when an underlying contract doesn't explicitly authorize it is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which agreed Friday to hear an Oxford Health Plans LLC appeal that could impact employers' ability to use arbitration agreements to bar class actions.

The nation's highest court granted Oxford's July 27 petition for certiorari, giving the insurer a green light to challenge a Third Circuit ruling that compelled it to arbitrate on a class basis with as many as 20,000 physicians who...
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