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More on King v. Bryant and Health Care Arbitration Agreements

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

As discussed in an earlier article, the North Carolina Supreme Court recently held, in King v. Bryant, that physicians have a fiduciary relationship with their patients due to the special relationship of trust and confidence...more

Physician Employment Contracts: How to Avoid Conflict if an Employment Relationship Sours

In the ever-changing healthcare industry, one consistent trend has emerged in recent years—a shift from physicians being employed by physician-owned practices to physicians being employed by larger healthcare entities. In the...more

The Supreme Court and President Trump Agree -- Nursing Homes Plaintiffs May Be Required to Arbitrate

by Melito & Adolfsen on

The Supreme Court and President Trump Agree -- Nursing Homes Plaintiffs May Be Required to Arbitrate - A provision in a contract providing for care of a resident in a nursing home may require the parties to arbitrate any...more

Be Careful With That Power of Attorney!: Arbitration Clauses and Nursing Home Lawsuits

by LeClairRyan on

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its opinion in Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark. This case addressed the issue of whether an agent acting pursuant to a power of attorney could bind...more

Has the CMS Done an About Face as it Relates to Arbitration?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Has the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) abandoned its previously adopted Final Rule prohibiting mandatory nursing home arbitration?  The recent decision by the CMS to forego its Fifth Circuit appeal of the...more

Specificity Sometimes Key; Sometimes Not

by BakerHostetler on

Time spent drafting and negotiating an agreement often pays dividends in assuring that each party gets the benefits they desire through the agreement and incurs obligations no greater than they intended. Two recent cases,...more

Finally, a Win for Long-Term Care Facilities: United States Supreme Court Invalidates Kentucky Rule Singling Out Arbitration...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Anyone familiar with long term care litigation knows that the number of disputes regarding the use and enforcement of arbitration agreements in the context of assisted living/nursing home admissions has risen sharply over the...more

Supreme Court Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preemption Applies To Contract Formation Rules

by Carlton Fields on

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Kentucky Supreme Court’s use of a clear-statement rule to require that powers of attorney specifically authorize a representative to enter into an arbitration agreement, finding...more

Supreme Court Emphatically Defends Arbitration Agreements from State Interference

by Littler on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated the principle that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires states to treat arbitration agreements just as they treat other types of contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers...more

No Pre-Emption Exemption - The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law...

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law restrictions on arbitration agreements....more

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms FAA Preemption Over Discriminatory State Laws

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Emphasizing that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts state laws that "single out arbitration agreements for disfavored treatment," the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Kentucky Supreme Court's refusal to enforce...more

Supreme Court Reinforces the Primacy of the Federal Arbitration Act, Even Over a “Divine God-Given Right”

by Benesch on

Kentucky law speaks of the right to jury trial in theological terms. The Kentucky Constitution provides that “[t]he ancient mode of trial by jury shall be held sacred, and the right thereof remain inviolate, subject to such...more

Nursing Homes Finally Score a Victory: the Supreme Court of the United States Rules that States May Not Treat Arbitration...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

As blogged about before, the nursing home industry has long been under fire for the arbitration agreements used as part of the industry’s admissions process. Yesterday, in a victory for the industry, the Supreme Court of the...more

Fifth Circuit Dances On Head of Arbitration Pin

Demonstrating just how difficult it can be to separate questions about the “formation” of an arbitration agreement from the “validity” of that agreement, the Fifth Circuit found this month that when an argument was applied to...more

Court Upholds Arbitration Award Despite Challenge To Arbitrator’s Use Of Excluded Evidence

by Carlton Fields on

Jersey Shore University Medical Center discharged a staff nurse employee for her actions when a female patient was assaulted by another patient in the nurse’s assigned work area. A labor organization that represents employees...more

Is Your Arbitration Agreement Enforceable?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Health care providers may favor arbitration due to the perception that it is a faster, less expensive alternative to litigation. State and federal policy favors arbitration for the same reasons.  Because of the strong public...more

A Contract Be too Good to Be True

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A Florida Supreme Court decision provides a variation on the adage: if a contract looks too favorable to one side to be valid, it probably isn’t. Thirty-nine weeks...more

An Arbitration Agreement That Attempts to Skew a Statutory Arbitration Scheme Is Void as Against Public Policy

Federal public policy favors arbitration and the broad interpretation and enforcement of arbitration agreements. So how can an arbitration agreement be held by a court to be void as against public policy? One answer from a...more

Do Arbitration Agreements Between Nursing Homes and Patients Violate Public Policy-- or Are They Enforceable Under the FAA?

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) provides for enforcement of arbitration agreements in a “contract evidencing a transaction involving commerce” in the district court. A nursing home sought to enforce arbitration agreements...more

Your Patient Intake Forms May Need a Checkup

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On January 27, 2017, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that a physician and his practice could not enforce an arbitration agreement against a patient where the physician and his practice did not make full disclosure to...more

NC Fiduciaries Have a Duty to Explain Arbitration Agreements in Contracts

by Smith Anderson on

The Supreme Court of North Carolina recently issued an opinion that could have a substantial impact on the enforceability of arbitration agreements when a fiduciary relationship exists, particularly in the context of consumer...more

CBAs Must Specifically State Intent to Arbitrate Statutory Rights

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeal has held that unless a collective bargaining agreement includes an explicitly stated, clear and unmistakable, intent to waive the right to a judicial forum for statutory causes of...more

The Future of CMS’s Appeal of the Injunction Halting the Nursing Home Arbitration Ban

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Due to the November 7, 2016, Mississippi district court order granting an injunction against the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements in long-term care, nursing homes can...more

Court Refuses To Enforce Arbitration Clause Due To Lack Of Mental Capacity

by Winstead PC on

In Oak Crest Manor Nursing Home, LLC v. Barba, a plaintiff sued a nursing home for negligently allowing a patient with mental disorders to leave the facility and jump from a bridge in an attempt to commit suicide. No....more

2016 in Arbitration Law: Fleeting Victories for Consumer Advocates?

If I had drafted this annual summary post on November 7, 2016, it would have looked different. At that point, the year had produced numerous (final or proposed) federal regulations that significantly restricted the use of...more

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