Class Action Attys React To High Court's Arbitration Ruling

Law360, New York (June 10, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that courts can't second-guess an arbitrator's interpretation of a contract, backing an arbitrator's ruling that a doctor's pursuit of class arbitration against insurer Oxford Health Plans LLC was permitted under the language of a reimbursement agreement. Here, attorneys tell Law360 why the unanimous ruling is significant.

D. Matthew Allen, Carlton Fields

"The decision expands the scope of class actions in arbitration. In Stolt-Nielsen [SA v. AnimalFeeds International Corp.], the court had ruled that an arbitrator may not order a class arbitration when the parties' contract is silent on the point. Here, the contract seemed to...

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