United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Columbia Division
December 2, 2014
M'Mah Sylla, Plaintiff,
Mamoidou Conde, et al., Defendants.
JOSEPH F. ANDERSON, Jr., District Judge.
The defendants have filed an Answer to the Complaint in this case on behalf of themselves, individually, and also on behalf of the corporate defendants, Nimbaya! The Women's Drum & Dance Company of Guinea, World Music Productions, Inc., and Columbia Tire, Inc. a/k/a Columbia Tire, LLC a/k/a Rolling Tires Auto Service Center. (ECF No. 32). Pursuant to well-established jurisprudence, a corporation cannot be represented pro se. Asbaugh v. Corp. of Bolivar, 481 Fed.App'x 840, 841 (4th Cir. 2012) ("It has been the law for the better part of two centuries... that a corporation may appear in federal courts only through licensed counsel.") (quoting Rowland v. Cal. Men's Colony, 506 U.S. 194, 201-02 (1993)). Therefore, the corporate defendants are hereby ordered to secure counsel for their representation in this matter within twenty-one (21) days of this order. If the corporate defendants do not obtain counsel, the Court will hold the corporate defendants in default, thereby deeming the allegations made in the complaint true for purposes of this litigation.
IT IS SO ORDERED.