Justices Scrutinize Arbitrators' Reach In Oxford Class Appeal

Law360, New York (March 25, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT) -- In oral arguments Monday on whether an arbitrator exceeded his power in deciding that Oxford Health Plans LLC agreed to class arbitration based on broad contractual language, some U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical that an arbitrator has carte blanche to interpret an agreement however he or she pleases.

In Oxford's appeal of a Third Circuit ruling that an arbitrator can send parties to class arbitration even if their contracts don't explicitly authorize it, Justice Antonin Scalia asked when a question is left up to an...
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