Oxford Appeal May Doom Class Arbitration For Workers

Law360, New York (December 13, 2012, 9:18 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to consider Oxford Health Plans LLC's appeal of a ruling forcing it into class arbitration with doctors challenging its reimbursement practices could prove to be the death knell for classwide arbitration in situations where an employer has not explicitly agreed to it, attorneys say.

Although Oxford Health Plans LLP v. Sutter comes from outside the employment context, lawyers told Law360 that the high court's ultimate ruling in the case would determine whether employers whose arbitration agreements with their workers that don't explicitly mention class or collective actions must face class arbitration.

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