Aetna Avoids Arbitration Of Suit Over $99K Ear Wax Removal

Law360, New York (April 15, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Friday refused to force Aetna Life Insurance Co. to arbitrate its claims that a Texas hospital improperly reaped millions of dollars by enticing patients to use its out-of-network services and charging wildly excessive fees, including $99,750 for ear wax removal.

The decision, which upheld a district court’s ruling, contained little explanation, saying only that Humble Surgical Hospital LLC “has shown no entitlement to relief from this court at this time.”

“Especially in view of the steep standards for overcoming an order denying arbitration...
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