PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. v. Book
- Case Date: 12/6/2002
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On April 7, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that agreements to arbitrate commercial disputes should be enforced by courts, even when one of the parties complains that the remedies available in an arbitration proceeding may be less broad than those available in a lawsuit. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief urging enforcement of an arbitration agreement entered into between a group of doctors and managed care organizations. The Court agreed with WLF that the scope of remedies available under an arbitration agreement should generally be decided initially by the arbitrator, not the courts. WLF argued that arbitration in most instances is faster and more efficient than litigation and that there is no reason not to hold commercial parties to an agreement to arbitrate any disputes that may arise in the course of their business relationships.
More Information and Downloads:
12/6/2002: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Court Orders Enforcement Of Commercial Arbitration Agreements