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113 Penn St. L. Rev. 527 (2008-2009)
Arbitrating Wrongful Death Claims for Nursing Home Patients: What is Wrong with the Picture and How to Make It More Right

handle is hein.journals/dlr113 and id is 535 raw text is: Arbitrating Wrongful Death Claims for
Nursing Home Patients: What is Wrong
with this Picture and How to Make it
More Right
Suzanne M. Scheller*
Table of Contents
I.     IN TRO DUCTION  ........................................................................... 529
II.    B ACKGROUND    ............................................................................ 53 1
A. Federal Law Governing Arbitration Agreements ............... 532
B.   State Law  Versus Federal Law  ........................................... 533
III.   CURRENT COURT INTERPRETATION OF ARBITRATION
C LA U SES  .................................................................................... 534
A. Applicable Federal or State Law ........................................ 536
B.   Validity ofArbitration Agreement ...................................... 539
1.  A uthority  of the  Signor ................................................. 539
i.  Attorney-in-Fact as Signor ..................................... 540
ii. Personal Representative as Signor .......................... 541
iii. Health Care Proxy/Medical Power of Attorney as
S ign or  ..................................................................... 54 2
iv. Statutory or Surrogate Signor ................................. 543
v.  A gent as  Signor ...................................................... 544
vi.  Third-Party  Beneficiaries ....................................... 546
vii. Separate Signature on the Arbitration Agreement.. 547
2.  U nconscionability  ......................................................... 548
i.  Procedural Unconscionability ................................ 549
ii. Substantive Unconscionability ............................... 551
* Copyright © 2008. Suzanne Scheller is a May 2008 graduate of Hamline
University School of Law and an associate at Pearson, Randall, Schumacher & LaBore,
PA in Minneapolis, MN. She obtained her ADR certificate while at Hamline and has
dedicated much of her education to furthering alternative dispute resolution, including
taking a critical look at opportunities to strengthen both ADR and important public
policy. She is a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of
Practice in the civil adjudicative and facilitative processes.

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