United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Columbia Division
Columbia Dentistry, LLC; Dr. Annette I Riley; Roy Riley Bey, Plaintiffs,
Emmen Holdings, LLC; Madna Holdings, LLC; Nassimi Reality, LLC; Eakjv Holding, LLC; Nassimi Brick Plaza, Inc.; Nassimi Soho Development, LLC, Defendants.
J. GOSSETT UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
a civil action was filed on March 29, 2018 with three
unrepresented litigants listed as plaintiffs in the caption.
Under Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2) (D.S.C.), pretrial
proceedings in this action have been referred to the assigned
United States Magistrate Judge.
COLUMBIA DENTISTRY, LLC:
the three listed plaintiffs is Columbia Dentistry, LLC,
which, by its name, appears to be a corporate entity.
However, as a corporate litigant, Columbia Dentistry,
LLC is warned that it cannot proceed without counsel in this
action. While 28 U.S.C. § 1654 allows
individuals to “plead and conduct their own cases
personally, ” the statute does not extend that right to
represent other parties. “Courts  have interpreted
this section to preclude a corporation from appearing through
a lay representative.” Eagle Assocs. v. Bank of
Montreal, 926 F.2d, 1305, 1308 (2d Cir. 1991)
(collecting cases); see also Ashbaugh v. Corp. of
Bolivar, 481 F. App'x 840 (2012). This order
constitutes final notice to Plaintiff Columbia Dentistry, LLC
that it cannot proceed without counsel in this action.
Plaintiff Columbia Dentistry, LLC must obtain counsel
within fifty (50) days or this case may be dismissed for
failure to comply with an order of the court.
must place the civil action number listed above (C/A No.
3:18-865-JMC-PJG) on any document provided to the court
pursuant to this order. Any future filings in this
case must be sent to the address below (901 Richland Street,
Columbia, South Carolina 29201). All documents
requiring a plaintiff's signature shall be signed with
the plaintiff's full legal name written in the
plaintiff's 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, the plaintiffs are 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. The
plaintiffs are 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.
plaintiffs are pro se litigants. Therefore, the
plaintiffs' attentions are directed to the following
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
THE CLERK OF COURT:
Clerk of Court shall mail a copy of this order to all of
the plaintiffs. The Clerk of Court shall forward this
file to the assigned United States Magistrate Judge for a
recommendation upon the expiration of the deadline set in
this order. See In Re: Procedures in Civil Actions Filed
by Non-Prisoner Pro Se Litigants, No. 3:07-mc-5015-JFA.
Office of the Clerk of Court shall not enter any change of
address submitted by the plaintiffs that directs that mail be
sent to a person other than the plaintiff unless that person
is an attorney admitted to practice before this court who has
entered a formal appearance.
IS SO ORDERED.
INFORMATION . . . PLEASE READ CAREFULLY WARNING TO PRO SE
PARTY OR NONPARTY FILERS
documents that you file with the court will be available to
the public on the internet through PACER (Public Access to
Court Electronic Records) and the court's Electronic Case
Filing System. CERTAIN PERSONAL IDENTIFYING
INFORMATION SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN OR SHOULD BE