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Johnson v. Ventures

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

December 20, 2013

SCOTT N. JOHNSON, Plaintiff,
v.
GRECIAN VENTURES, et al., Defendants.

ORDER

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.


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