December 20, 2013
SCOTT N. JOHNSON, Plaintiff,
GRECIAN VENTURES, et al., Defendants.
KIMBERLY J. MUELLER, District Judge.
On December 16, 2014, Cris Vaughn, counsel for defendant B & P Cabinet Outlet, filed a proposed substitution of counsel, purporting to substitute Billy Tsoi, in propria persona, for B & P Cabinet Outlet. ECF No. 10. In the answer, the defendant identifies itself as a corporation, but in the motion to withdraw, it identifies itself as a limited partnership.
Although an individual may represent himself in federal court, he cannot represent anyone else. United States v. Molen, No. 2:10-cv-02591 MCE KJN P. Moreover, "[a] corporation may appear in federal court only through licensed counsel." United States v. High Country Broad. Co., 3 F.3d 1244, 1245 (9th Cir. 1993) (per curiam). In D-Beam Limited Partnership v. Roller Derby Skates, Inc., the Ninth Circuit applied this rule to partnerships. 366 F.3d 972, 973-74 (9th Cir. 2004); see also Local Rule 183(a) ("A corporation or other entity may appear only by an attorney."). Accordingly as Billy Tsoi cannot substitute in as counsel for B & P Cabinet Outlet, the request for substitution is denied.
IT IS SO ORDERED.