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OXFORD HEALTH PLANS LLC v. SUTTER

Docket No.: 12-135
Certiorari Granted: Dec 7 2012
Argued: March 25, 2013
Decided: June 10, 2013

Topics:

Arbitration, judicial review

PartyNames: Oxford Health Plans LLC v. John Ivan Sutter
Petitioner: Oxford Health Plans LLC
Respondent: John Ivan Sutter

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Citation: 675 F.3d 215
Supreme Court Docket

Oxford Health Plans LLC
v.
John Ivan Sutter
Background:

In Stolt-Nielsen v. AnimalFeeds International Corp., 130 S. Ct. 1758, 1776 (2010), this Court made clear that "class-action arbitration changes the nature of arbitration to such a degree that it cannot be presumed the parties consented to it by simply agreeing to submit their disputes to arbitration." In this case, an arbitrator concluded that the parties affirmatively consented to class arbitration on the basis of a contract provision stating: "No civil action concerning any dispute arising under this Agreement shall be instituted before any court, and all such disputes shall be submitted to final and binding arbitration."

Question Presented:

Whether an arbitrator acts within his powers under the Federal Arbitration Act (as the Second and Third Circuits have held) or exceeds those powers (as the Fifth Circuit has held) by determining that parties affirmatively "agreed to authorize class arbitration," Stolt-Nielsen, 130 S. Ct. at 1776, based solely on their use of broad contractual language precluding litigation and requiring arbitration of any dispute arising under their contract.

OXFORD HEALTH PLANS LLC v. SUTTER
ORAL ARGUMENT

March 25, 2013

Listen to Oral Argument in OXFORD HEALTH PLANS LLC v. SUTTER
Holding: AFFIRMED
Vote: 9-0
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