R&R Bond Galleries, Inc. et al v. Ziegenfuss et al
ORDER adopting 3 --REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION; denying 2 --motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis; dismissing complaint. Counsel must file an appearance on behalf of the plaintiff and must file an amended complaint by 2/15/2013; plaintiff must submit the filing fee by 2/15/2013. Signed by Judge Steven D. Merryday on 1/18/2013. (BK)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
R&R BOND GALLERIES, et al.,
CASE NO.: 8:12-cv-2825-T-23MAP
ROBERT ZIEGENFUSS, et al.,
The plaintiffs, R&R Bond Galleries, Inc., and Rodin International, Inc.,
sue (Doc. 3) and allege a variety of claims for relief. Represented by Robert Preiss,
an “agent” but not an attorney admitted to practice in the Middle District of Florida,
the plaintiffs move (Doc. 2) for leave to proceed in forma pauperis.
A January 16, 2013, report (Doc. 3) by Magistrate Judge Pizzo recommends
denying the motion and dismissing the complaint because (1) a corporation must
appear through legal counsel admitted to practice in the Middle District of Florida
and (2) “[t]he in forma pauperis statute (28 U.S.C. § 1915) limits its applicability to
natural persons.” The report and recommendation (Doc. 3) is ADOPTED, the
complaint (Doc. 1) is DISMISSED. The plaintiffs must (1) obtain an attorney
who must file a notice of appearance and amend the complaint on or before
FEBRUARY 15, 2013. Failure to strictly comply will result in dismissal of this
ORDERED in Tampa, Florida, on January 18, 2013.
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