Smith v. Pacificare Behavioral Health (2001) 93 Cal.App.4th 139

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Jeffrey I. Ehrlich, Certified Appellate Specialist
California Civil Appeals Attorney

Smith v. Pacificare Behavioral Health (2001) 93 Cal.App.4th 139.

California Court of Appeal Second Appellate District Los AngelesSummary

Held that health insurers and HMOs in California were required to comply with California statutes that regulated the use of arbitration clauses in health-insurance contracts. Mr. Ehrlich later convinced other appellate courts to adopt the reasoning of Smith, in Imbler v. PacifiCare of California (2002) 103 Cal.App.4th 567, and Zolezzi v. PacifiCare of California (2003) 105 Cal.App.4th 573.

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