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High Court hears Oxford Health arbitration arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court (AP image/Dana Verkouteren)
The U.S. Supreme Court (AP image/Dana Verkouteren)

U.S. Supreme Court justices seem skeptical about how a health insurer is interpreting an arbitration clause in a health care provider network contract.

The court heard oral arguments Monday in Oxford Health Plans L.L.C. vs. Florida (Case Number 12-135), a case that could affect many companies' ability to avoid becoming the target of "class arbitration" actions.

"Why should we rewrite our standard of review to accommodate your client's error?" Sotomayor asked Seth Waxman, the lawyer speaking for Oxford. "Because that's really what you're asking us to do."

Waxman suggested that the court had decided otherwise in the Stolt-Nielsen ruling.

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