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Fletcher v. Huntington Place, 2007 Fla. App. LEXIS 4681 (Fla. App. 2007)

Nursing home moved to compel arbitration, which was denied because it designated the American Health Lawyer’s Association as the arbitrator (which no longer accepts arbitration of health care disputes where binding arbitration agreements are signed pre-injury). The court found it could not re-write the agreement for the nursing home. “Given the nature of the relationship between a nursing home and its patient, the courts ought to expect nursing homes to proffer form contracts that fully comply with Chapter 400, not to revise them when they are challenged to make them compliant. Otherwise, nursing homes have no incentive to proffer a fair form agreement.” The court also found that the agreement was not executed by the resident’s agent. Decided: March 30, 2007

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