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SMITH v. PACIFICARE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH OF CALIFORNIA, INC., B142321

The McCarran-Ferguson Act, 15 USC 1011 et seq., overrides the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 USC 1 et seq., and precludes its preemptive impact on Health and Safety Code 1363.1, which imposes certain disclosure requirements as a predicate to the enforcement of arbitration clauses contained in plan subscriber agreements.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/25/2001
  • Published 10/25/2001

Judges

  • CROSKEY, J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellees:
  •  Konowiecki & Rank and Gary S. Pancer, Los Angeles;  Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland and Timothy T. Coates, Beverly Hills, for PacifiCare Behavioral Health of California, Inc., PacifiCare of California, PacifiCare Health Systems Foundation and PacifiCare Health systems, Inc, Defendants and Appellants and PacifiCare of California, PacifiCare Health Systems Foundation and PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc., Shernoff, Bidart & Darras, Michael J. Bidart, Claremont, and Jeffrey Isaac Ehrlich, Fort Lauderdale, FL, for Lisa Ellen Smith, Plaintiff and Respondent and George Rivera, Petitioner.
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