Medical Practice Waived Right to Appeal Doctor’s Arbitration Win

April 8, 2021, 6:24 PM

A West Virginia medical practice lost its bid to undo a $167,030 arbitration award in favor of a former doctor when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday that the doctor’s employment agreement contained a valid waiver of the right to appeal arbitration decisions.

The ruling considered an issue of first impression in the circuit: whether arbitration agreements governed by the Federal Arbitration Act can include enforceable appellate waivers limiting the right to seek judicial review of an arbitration decision. The court followed a 2005 decision by the Tenth Circuit upholding a similar waiver, reasoning that...

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