Supreme Court class arbitration case could have big implications for employers

High court will decide whether arbitrator exceeded authority by allowing class procedure

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could have a big impact on employment law.

In Oxford Health Plans v. John Sutter, a doctor sued Oxford Health Plans in state court on behalf of a proposed class of physicians who claimed the health insurer underpaid them. Oxford moved the case into arbitration per a contract to which the physicians had agreed. The arbitrator ruled that the physicians could pursue arbitration against Oxford as a class, even though the contract’s arbitration clause didn’t address class arbitration. A trial court and the 3rd Circuit both affirmed the ruling. The case went to the Supreme Court, which heard arguments yesterday.

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