A New York State appellate court recently affirmed the lower court’s order compelling a non-American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitration and staying a separate AAA arbitration that was later demanded by the respondent to the original non-AAA arbitration demand. The court based its decision on the fact that the respondent had demanded AAA arbitration nearly four months after service of the petitioner’s demand for the non-AAA arbitration, that the respondent had participated in the petitioner’s non-AAA arbitration by advancing a counterclaim and designating an arbitrator, and that the respondent did not seek a stay of the petitioner’s proceeding. The court agreed with the lower court that the respondent’s tactics were designed to delay the matter and effectively refuse to arbitrate pursuant to the petitioner’s demand. Nachmani v. By Design, LLC, No.04847 (N.Y. Ct. App. Aug. 25, 2010).