Case 1:12-cv-00283-TWP-DKL Document 14 Filed 05/31/12 Page 1 of 2 PageID #: 41

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS DIVISION REINDEER LOGISTICS, INC. doing business as REINDEER AUTO RELOCATION, Plaintiff, vs. MCKNIGHT LOGISTICS, INC., Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CAUSE NO. 1:12-cv-283-TWP-DKL ) ) ) ) ENTRY On May 4, 2012, Defendant McKnight Logistics, Inc. (“McKnight”) filed an Answer to Plaintiff Reindeer Logistics, Inc.’s (“Reindeer”) Complaint in this trademark infringement case. [Doc. 11.] The Answer was filed pro per1 by McKnight’s president, Morgan McKnight (“Mr. McKnight”). Mr. McKnight also filed a Corporate Disclosure Statement on behalf of McKnight. [Doc. 12.] While an individual may represent one's self in a case, the Defendant in this instance appears to be a corporation. “It has been the law for the better part of two centuries . . . that a corporation may appear in federal courts only through licensed counsel.” Rowland v. California Men’s Colony, 506 U.S. 194, 201-202; 113 S.Ct. 716; 121 L.Ed.2d 656 (1993). See also S.D. Ind. L.R. 83-5 (“Only members of the court’s bar may represent parties before the court.”). “[C]orporations must appear by counsel or not at all.” Scandia Down Corp. v.

Pro per is an abbreviation of the Latin term in propria persona, which means “by one’s self.” This term is synonymous with the more commonly used term pro se.
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Case 1:12-cv-00283-TWP-DKL Document 14 Filed 05/31/12 Page 2 of 2 PageID #: 42

Euroquilt, Inc., 772 F.2d 1423, 1427 (7th Cir. 1985). Because there is no indication that Mr. McKnight is an attorney licensed to practice law and represent other individuals or entities, the Court must, on its own motion, STRIKE McKnight’s Answer and Corporate Disclosure Statement. [Docs. 11 and 12.] The Court further DIRECTS the Clerk to distribute copies of this Entry as set forth below. Dated: 05/31/2012

_______________________________ Denise K. LaRue United States Magistrate Judge Southern District of Indiana

Distribution via CM/ECF to: S. Andrew Burns COX SARGEANT & BURNS PC aburns@coxsargelaw.com Distribution via U.S. Postal Services to: MCKNIGHT LOGISTICS, INC. c/o MORGAN MCKNIGHT P.O. Box 892862 Temecula, CA 92589

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