Protecting Our Elders? Or Protecting Big Medicine? Federal Court Blocks Agency Rule Banning Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Homes

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By: Pamela A. Lee, Esquire        plee@dioriosereni.com In September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”)-a federal agency that controls Medicare and Medicaid funding-announced comprehensive revisions to the federal nursing home regulations, including a ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements. The new rule banning pre-dispute arbitration agreements-along with most of the new rules-was scheduled to take […]

Read the Small Print – Beware of Arbitration Agreements in Business and Consumer Contracts

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By: Matthew H. Fry, Esquire mfry@dioriosereni.com Applying for a credit card; leasing a car; getting your loved one admitted into a nursing home; or getting a checking or savings account with a local bank. What do they all have in common? The agreements you are required to sign for each most likely contain arbitration clauses […]

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire        lmikula@dioriosereni.com A few months ago, my colleague Pamela A. Lee, Esquire, warned of the dangers of arbitration clauses hidden in contracts which waive a consumer’s right to use the court system in the event of a dispute.  These clauses not only bar a consumer from filing lawsuits in court, […]

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Beware of the Fine Print – Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

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Authored by: Pamela A. Lee, Esquire                          plee@dioriosereni.com You are sitting in the administrative office of the nursing home or long-term care facility.  It’s a difficult decision to be sure.  But you’ve made the decision … whether for yourself, your spouse, your parent or […]

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