United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Columbia Division
John S. Stritzinger; Greenville Associates; Capital Technology Services, Plaintiffs,
Federal Communications Commission; United States Government, U.S. Attorney's Office; Verizon; Cisco Systems, Defendants.
J. Gossett UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
a civil action filed by a pro se litigant, John S.
Stritzinger. Under Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2)(e) (D.S.C.),
pretrial proceedings in this action have been referred to the
assigned United States Magistrate Judge.
John S. Stritzinger is proceeding pro se, and
therefore, he cannot represent other parties or corporations.
See Oxendine v. Williams, 509 F.2d 1405, 1407 (4th
Cir. 1975) ("[T]he competence of a layman representing
himself [is] clearly too limited to allow him to risk the
rights of others."); see also Rowland v. Cal.
Men's Colony, Unit II Men's Advisory Coun., 506
U.S. 194, 202 (1993) (recognizing that the rationale for the
rule that a corporation may appear in the federal courts only
through licensed counsel applies equally to all artificial
entities and that "save in a few aberrant cases, the
lower courts have uniformly held that 28 U.S.C. § 1654 .
. . does not allow corporations, partnerships, or
associations to appear in federal court otherwise than
through a licensed attorney"); Lattanzio v.
COMTA, 481 F.3d 137, 139-40 (2d Cir. 2007) (holding that
"a layperson may not represent a separate legal entity
such as a corporation" and extending this to
partnerships, single shareholder corporations, and limited
liability companies, as well as to shareholders who file
derivative suits); Pridgen v. Andresen, 113 F.3d
391, 392-393 (2nd Cir. 1997) (pro se litigant may
not represent corporation, estate, partnership, or "his
or her minor child").
THE CLERK OF COURT:
Clerk of Court is directed not to issue the
summonses for service of process at this time.
must place the civil action number listed above (C/A No.
3:16-1136-TLW-PJG) on any document provided to the court
pursuant to this order. Any future filings in this case must
be sent to (901 Richland Street, Columbia, South Carolina
29201) the address below. All documents requiring Plaintiffs
signature shall be signed with Plaintiffs full legal name
written in Plaintiffs own handwriting. Pro se
litigants shall not use the "s/typed name"
format used in the Electronic Case Filing System. In all
future filings with this court, Plaintiff is directed to use
letter-sized (8½ inches by 11 inches) paper only, to
write or type text on one side of a sheet of paper only and
not to write or type on both sides of any sheet of paper.
Plaintiff is further instructed not to write to the edge of
the paper, but to maintain one inch margins on the top,
bottom, and sides of each paper submitted.
is a pro se litigant. Plaintiff s attention is
directed to the following important notice:
ordered to always keep the Clerk of Court advised in
writing (901 Richland Street, Columbia, South Carolina
29201) if your address changes for any reason, so as to
assure that orders or other matters that specify deadlines
for you to meet will be received by you. If as a result of
your failure to comply with this order, you fail to meet a
deadline set by this court, your case may be dismissed
for violating this order. Therefore, if you have a
change of address before this case is ended, you must comply
with this order by immediately advising the Clerk of Court in
writing of such change of address and providing the court
with the docket number of all pending cases you have filed
with this court. Your failure to do so will not be excused by
attention is directed to the important WARNING on the
INFORMATION ....PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
TO PRO SE PARTY ...