SDNY Declines to Adopt Collateral Attack Doctrine, Grants Motion to Compel Arbitration

Petitioners Credit Suisse AG and Lara Warner sought to permanently stay an arbitration commenced by respondent Colleen Graham, who cross-moved to compel the arbitration. The petitioners claimed the proceeding was an impermissible “collateral attack” on a prior, related arbitration in which Graham’s claims against different parties were dismissed. As it relates to the second arbitration against the petitioners, there was no dispute as to whether Graham’s claims were subject to arbitration, nor that any threshold arbitrability questions were to be decided by an arbitrator. In deciding the petitioners’ motion, the court therefore started from the baseline that Graham’s motion to compel must be granted, absent a valid basis to stay……

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