This decision affirms a $22,000 sanction imposed on plaintiff’s counsel under CCP 128.7 for bringing a frivolous motion to lift the stay pending arbitration.  The AAA had misapplied the defendant’s arbitration fee and then closed the arbitration.  When notified of its error, the AAA acknowledged that it had received the fee payment and said it would reopen the arbitration if plaintiff’s counsel agreed.  He didn’t respond but instead filed the motion to lift the stay, claiming that the AAA refused to go forward with the arbitration since defendant hadn’t paid its arbitration fee.  The trial court had jurisdiction to rule on the sanctions motion since it did not involve any issue that had been placed before the arbitrator.  The sanctions motion was duly noticed and gave plaintiff the statutory period to retract the motion to lift the stay.  The trial court did not abuse its discretion in finding the motion to lift the stay was frivolous or in awarding attorney fees incurred in responding to it as a sanction.  The amount of the attorney fees was supported by the redacted time sheets accompanying the moving party’s attorney’s declaration.