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Stritzinger v. Federal Communications Commission

United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Columbia Division

June 13, 2016

John S. Stritzinger; Greenville Associates; Capital Technology Services, Plaintiffs,
v.
Federal Communications Commission; United States Government, U.S. Attorney's Office; Verizon; Cisco Systems, Defendants.

          ORDER

          Paige J. Gossett UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         This is 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.

         REPRESENTATION OF CORPORATIONS:

         Plaintiff 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").

         TO THE CLERK OF COURT:

         The Clerk of Court is directed not to issue the summonses for service of process at this time.

         TO PLAINTIFF:

         Plaintiff 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.

         Plaintiff is a pro se litigant. Plaintiff s attention is directed to the following important notice:

         You are 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 the court.

         IT IS SO ORDERED.

         Plaintiff's attention is directed to the important WARNING on the following page.

         IMPORTANT INFORMATION ....PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

         WARNING TO PRO SE PARTY ...


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