In the Guardianship of: Omana Thankamma
ORDER granting 9 Motion for Attorney Fees and Entering Vexatious Litigant Bar. The Court GRANTS Plaintiff's request for attorneys' fees in the amount of $8,796.00 and ENTERS the following vexatious litigant order against Jayakrishnan Nair: 1) Jayakrishnan Nair must seek and obtain this Court's written permission prior to bringing any removal action or federal action related to Omana Thankamma.2) In seeking this Court's permission, Nair must establish that his filings h ave sufficient merit to proceed.3) If Nair fails to make such a showing, or the notice of removal or complaint suffers from the same defects presented in Nair's prior federal filings, this Court may deny permission to proceed and dismiss any removal action or federal action. Signed by Judge Richard A. Jones. (MJV)
HONORABLE RICHARD A. JONES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
CHANNA COPELAND, as guardian
of Omana Thankamma,
CASE No. 2:23-cv-00190-RAJ
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff Channa Copeland’s Motion for
Attorneys’ Fees and Costs (Dkt. ## 5, 9) and Plaintiff’s Motion to Declare Jayakrishnan
Nair a vexatious litigant. Dkt. # 5. This Court previously granted Plaintiff’s request for
attorneys’ fees pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c), ordered Mr. Nair to show cause why a
vexatious litigant order should not be entered against him, and made factual findings as
required by De Long v. Hennessey, 912 F.2d 1144 (9th Cir. 1990). Dkt. # 8. Plaintiff
Copeland submitted documentation in support of her request for attorneys’ fees and costs.
Dkt. # 10. Defendant Nair has opposed the granting of attorneys’ fees to Plaintiff and
opposes the entry of a vexatious litigant order against him. Dkt. # 14. On November 8,
2023, the Court held a virtual status hearing and heard arguments from the parties
1 regarding the pending motions. Dkt. # 20. Having considered the submissions of the
2 parties, the written and oral arguments of counsel, the relevant portions of the record, and
3 the applicable law, the Court GRANTS Plaintiff’s request for attorneys’ fees in the
4 amount of $8,796.00 and ENTERS the following vexatious litigant order against
5 Jayakrishnan Nair:
1.) Jayakrishnan Nair must seek and obtain this Court’s written permission prior to
bringing any removal action or federal action related to Omana Thankamma.
2.) In seeking this Court’s permission, Nair must establish that his filings have
sufficient merit to proceed.
3.) If Nair fails to make such a showing, or the notice of removal or complaint
suffers from the same defects presented in Nair’s prior federal filings, this
Court may deny permission to proceed and dismiss any removal action or
DATED this 14th day of November, 2023.
The Honorable Richard A. Jones
United States District Judge
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