The defendant in IMA, Inc. v. Medical City Dallas sought to compel arbitration under a “direct-benefits estoppel” theory. It argued that the plaintiff’s claim, which involved a series of related contracts, necessarily implicated an agreement that contained an arbitration clause. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the denial of its motion to compel arbitration, agreeing that the defendant lacked “knowledge of the contract’s ‘basic terms,’ and noting: “IMA neither was shown to have, nor needed, knowledge of the Hospital Agreement in order to fulfill its obligations to the Health Plan and the IMAPPOplus Agreement; rather IMA could process the claims with ‘a copy of the [Health] Plan and the PPO Contract Rates.’” No. 20-20032 (June 17, 2021).

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