High Court's Oxford Ruling May Devastate Class Arbitration

Law360, New York (March 22, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT) -- With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments on Monday in Oxford Health Plans LLC's appeal of a ruling forcing it into class arbitration with doctors challenging its reimbursement practices, attorneys say a reversal could spell the end for classwide arbitration if an employer hasn't specifically agreed to it.

Oxford is challenging the Third Circuit's April ruling that an arbitrator can send parties to class arbitration even if their contracts don't explicitly authorize it. The decision upheld a ruling that forced Oxford to arbitrate...
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