, held that Federal Arbitration Act (
This case arises out of a dispute over a contract entered into between John Sutter, a pediatrician, and Oxford Health Plans (Oxford), a health insurance company. Pursuant to that contract Sutter was to provide medical care to individuals within Oxford’s network, and, in turn, Oxford was to pay Sutter for those services at prescribed rates. The contract included a clause requiring arbitration of claims and prohibiting any “civil action concerning any dispute.” The contract was silent as to whether class-wide arbitration was permitted.
was in breach of its provider agreements with class members in regard to payment of claims, Sutter also alleged other violations of state lawhe parties' agreement authorized class action arbitration
Oxford then returned to federal court, the District Court again denied its motion, and the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit again affirmed. The Supreme Court granted certiorari to address the circuit split over whether section 10(a)(4) of the FAA allows a court to vacate an arbitration award. Ultimately, the Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeals.