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Raghavendra v. The Trustees of Columbia University

United States District Court, S.D. New York

December 18, 2017

R. S. RAGHAVENDRA, Plaintiff,
v.
THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY in the City of New York, et al., Defendants,

          OPINION & ORDER

          PAUL A. CROTTY, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         On December 1, 2017, the Court ordered Raghavendra to execute, by January 2, 2018, (a) a general release submitted to this Court in Case No. 06 Civ. 6841, ECF 144; or, alternatively, (b) upon Columbia's application due on December 10, 2017 and subject to this Court's approval, a general release of all claims against all defendants substantially similar to the release submitted to this Court in Case No. 06 Civ. 6841, ECF 144. See Case No. 06 Civ. 6841, ECF 357. On December 8, 2017, Columbia indicated its intention to submit a revised general release for the Court's approval, but requested an extension of the December 10, 2017 deadline, until December 14, 2017. Id., ECF 358. This Court subsequently granted the request. Id., ECF 359.

         On December 14, 2017, Columbia filed, under seal, an application for approval of a revised settlement agreement including a revised general release. See id., ECF 363. On the same day, Raghavendra filed a letter requesting a permission to file motions to (1) reconsider a stay of the December 1, 2017 Order pending his appeal to the Second Circuit, and (2) unseal the 2009 settlement documents. See id., ECF 362.

         For the following reasons, this Court GRANTS the Columbia's application and DENIES the Raghavendra's request for a permission to file his motions.

         Columbia's Application for Approval of Revised Settlement Agreement

         Columbia files an application for approval of a revised settlement agreement that it deems necessary to protect itself from Raghavendra's vexatious conduct. The revised settlement agreement incorporates the following adjustments to the settlement agreement previously submitted to this Court in Case No. 06 Civ. 6841, ECF 144:

1. Whereas Clauses: Adjustments to account for (1) legal proceedings that have taken place since the original settlement agreement was submitted and (2) Proskauer attorneys and Stober against whom any claims should also be released;
2. Paragraph 1: Adjustments to account for (1) this Court's December 1, 2017 Order and (2) certain court-ordered and contractually-obligated payments;
3. Paragraph 1(a): Adjustments to account for the legal fees that Raghavendra owes to Stober;
4. Paragraph 1(b): Adjustments to reflect Columbia's position that the settlement proceeds should be paid in installments;
5. Paragraphs l(b)(i)-(vi): Adjustments to account for court-ordered monetary awards imposed against Raghavendra;
6. Paragraphs 1(c) and (d): Adjustments to reflect Columbia's position that the settlement proceeds should be paid in installments;
7. Paragraph 1(e): Adjustments to encourage compliance with the settlement agreement or the December 1, 2017 Order;
8. Paragraph 1(f): Adjustments to reflect Columbia's position that the settlement proceeds should ...

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