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in a unanimous decision, the justices reversed an 11th Circuit decision that arbitration clauses in agreements between managed health care organizations and physicians were not enforceable. PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. v. Book, No. 02-215. The 11th Circuit had held that the arbitration clauses improperly prohibited the award of treble damages, which can be awarded under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) statute that the physicians sued under. The justices remanded the case, on the ground that it was unclear whether the agreements prevented an award of RICO treble damages. Scalia wrote the court’s opinion. Thomas took no part in the case.

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