In Ruiz v. Podolsky,2 the California Supreme Court ended the strife surrounding wrongful death claims when Rafael Ruiz (Ruiz), the decedent, executed a binding arbitration agreement.3 The court was able to soundly support its decision on applicable legislation, case law and public policy after weaving its way through a turbulent mish-mash of contradictory precedent. This note will discuss: (1) California's attempt to decrease the cost of medical malpractice claims, (2) the ramifications of Ruiz's allowing arbitration agreements to bind heirs, and (3) the differing approaches states have taken toward the application of binding arbitration agreements to beneficiaries



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