Justices Defer To Arbitrator On Oxford Class Arbitration

Law360, New York (June 10, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously affirmed an arbitrator's decision to allow class arbitration based on broad contractual language in a doctor's dispute with Oxford Health Plans LLC, saying that courts cannot second-guess an arbitrator's interpretation of a contract.

In an opinion penned by Justice Elena Kagan, the justices upheld a Third Circuit ruling that backed the arbitrator's decision, explaining that because both Oxford and John Sutter, the doctor who brought the claims, had bargained for the arbitrator’s construction of their agreement, an arbitral decision...
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