Historically, the insurance industry has widely used arbitration to resolve disputes.2 Insurance companies have increasingly included "escape clauses" in their policies.' These clauses allow an insurance company to ignore an arbitrator's award and have a claim directly heard in a trial court if the award exceeds a pre-determined amount.' The Ohio Supreme Court in Schaefer v. Allstate Insurance Co. addressed this issue and decided that the escape clause was unenforceable due to public policy.'



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