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PacifiCare Health System v. Book

Docket No.: 02-215
Certiorari Granted: Oct 15 2002
Argued: February 24, 2003
Decided: April 7, 2003

Topics:

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, Economic Activity, Election of Remedies, Arbitration, Article I, Comity, Due Process, ERISA, Eleventh Amendment, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, False Claims Act, Full Faith and Credit, Natural Resources, RICO, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Tenth Amendment, absolute immunity, antitrust, privacy, sovereign immunity

PartyNames: PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc., et al. v. Jeffrey Book, et al.
Petitioner: PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc., et al.
Respondent: Jeffrey Book, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Citation: CA 11, 285 F.3d 971. QUESTION PRESENTED FOR REVIEW Whether a district court must compel arbitration of a plaintiff's RICO claims under avalid arbitration agreement even if that agreement does not allow an arbitrator to award punitive damages, leaving to the arbi trator in the first instance the decisionof what remedies are available to the RICO plaintiff in arbitration.
Lower Court Decision
Supreme Court Docket

PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc., et al.
v.
Jeffrey Book, et al.
538 U.S. 401 (2003)
Question:

Can a group of physicians be compelled to arbitrate claims arising under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, even though the parties' arbitration agreements may be construed to limit the arbitrator's authority to award damages?

PacifiCare Health System v. Book
ORAL ARGUMENT

February 24, 2003

Holding: reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 8 votes for PacifiCare Health System, 0 vote(s) against
Recused: JUSTICE THOMAS
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