Microsoft Corporation v. Game Cheap, LLC, a Michigan limited liability company et al

Filing 20

OPINION and ORDER Granting in Part and Denying Without Prejudice in Part Plaintiff's 19 Motion for Order. Signed by District Judge Judith E. Levy. (JOwe)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION Microsoft Corporation, Plaintiff, Case No. 16-cv-14003 v. Judith E. Levy United States District Judge Game Cheap, LLC and David Radermacher, Mag. Judge Elizabeth A. Stafford Defendants. ________________________________/ OPINION AND ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE IN PART PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR ORDER [19] Defendants’ counsel’s motion to withdraw was granted on April 25, 2017, and they have not since retained new counsel that has filed an appearance. On June 20, 2017, plaintiff filed a motion for an order (1) requiring defendant Game Cheap, LLC to obtain counsel or have its answer stricken and (2) compelling interrogatories and produce documents. defendants (Dkt. 19.) to answer The motion is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE IN PART. Defendant Game Cheap, LLC shall have until August 4, 2017, for new counsel to file an appearance in this case or the answer as to this defendant will be stricken. Corporations “may appear in the federal courts only through licensed counsel.” Rowland v. Cal. Men’s Colony, 506 U.S. 194, 202 (1993). Defendant Radermacher has until August 4, 2017, for new counsel to file an appearance in this case or he will be deemed to be proceeding pro se. Plaintiff’s motion to compel answers to interrogatories and produce documents is denied at this time until new counsel is obtained and also pursuant to this Court’s Practice Guidelines, which direct any party with a discovery dispute to first request a telephonic conference before filing any papers. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: July 5, 2017 Ann Arbor, Michigan s/Judith E. Levy JUDITH E. LEVY United States District Judge CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE The undersigned certifies that the foregoing document was served upon counsel of record and any unrepresented parties via the Court’s ECF System to their respective email or First Class U.S. mail addresses disclosed on the Notice of Electronic Filing on July 5, 2017. s/Julie Owens JULIE OWENS Case Manager 2

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