US Supreme Court Allows Class-Arbitration for Physicians: Agrees with Arguments Advanced by MSNJ and AMA
On June 10, the United States Supreme Court found that the Oxford participation agreement’s arbitration clause allowed payment disputes to be pursued by physicians as a class. Over a decade ago Oxford had compelled Dr. John Sutter, a New Jersey pediatrician, to arbitrate his payment disputes, but challenged his right to arbitrate the disputes with other physicians similarly situated as a class. The arbitrator ruled that a class arbitration was appropriate as did each court that reviewed the matter. Undeterred, Oxford took the case all the way to the US Supreme Court. MSNJ and the AMA filed friends-of-the-court briefs supporting the physicians’ right to class arbitration. Now, the highest court in the land has agreed.
This is an example of success by MSNJ’s legal advocacy program.