UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. MIZE GRANITE QUARRIES INC
ORDER advising Mize Granite Quarries, Inc. that it must retain counsel if it wishes to defend this action and giving Mize Granite Quarries, Inc. twenty-eight days to file an amended Answer. Ordered by US DISTRICT JUDGE CLAY D LAND on 03/08/2017. (CCL)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
MIZE GRANITE QUARRIES, INC.,
CASE NO. 3:16-CV-163(CDL)
O R D E R
Defendant Mize Granite Quarries, Inc. filed an Answer in
this action, but it was prepared and submitted by Mize Granite
Quarries, Inc.’s president, a non-attorney.
See Answer, ECF No.
3; Letter from Robert W. Mize III to David Bunt (Mar. 7, 2017),
ECF No. 5.
It is well established “that a corporation may
appear in the federal courts only through licensed counsel.”
re Strickland & Davis Int’l, Inc., 612 F. App’x 971, 976 (11th
Cir. 2015) (per curiam) (quoting Rowland v. Cal. Men’s Colony,
Unit II Men’s Advisory Council, 506 U.S. 194, 201–02 (1993)).
represent Mize Granite Quarries, Inc. in this action, and the
corporation must have an attorney.
The courts generally advise
a corporation of the need for proper representation and afford
the corporation an opportunity to obtain counsel before taking
an action like striking the answer due to lack of counsel.
Mize Granite Quarries, Inc. is advised that it must retain
counsel if it wishes to defend this action.
days of the date of this Order, Mize Granite Quarries, Inc. may
file an amended Answer.
The amended Answer must be prepared and
submitted by an attorney.
If Mize Granite Quarries, Inc. does
not timely file an amended Answer prepared and submitted by an
attorney, the Court will strike Mize Granite Quarries, Inc.’s
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 8th day of March, 2017.
S/Clay D. Land
CLAY D. LAND
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
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