Respondent Physicians filed lawsuits against several HMOs,
claiming that they had committed acts of fraud and extortion in
violation of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations Act (RICO). Respondents had signed arbitration
agreements with some of the defendants, which required that all
disputes be arbitrated. Respondents sought to avoid arbitration,
arguing that the arbitration contracts limited the amount of
damages that an arbitrator could award which would preclude the
award of treble damages authorized under RICO. The district
court ruled that Respondents did not have to arbitrate their
claims to the extent that the agreements contained damage
limitations precluding the award of punitive or exemplary
damages. The Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed.
The opinion of the Eleventh Circuit is found at 285 F.3d 971.
To see the opinion of the lower court, click here.
6-3 to Reverse
9-0 to Reverse
9-0 to Affirm
5-4 to Reverse
8-0 to Reverse
VOTING TO REVERSE
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