Under CCP 1281.97-1281.99, the party that drafted a consumer or employee arbitration agreement must pay its share of the arbitration fees within 30 days of the date they are due.  If it fails to do so, the other party is entitled to a mandatory award of attorney fees and costs related to that breach of the arbitration agreement and may choose between (a) continuing with arbitration, with the drafter paying all the other party’s attorney fees and costs, or (b) litigating the dispute in court.  This decision holds that these California statutes are  not preempted by the FAA since the state statutes further the FAA’s objective of  honoring the parties’ intent to arbitrate and to preserve arbitration as a speedy and effective alternative forum for resolving disputes )