UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
February 11, 2011
HUI HUI YU, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
TOWN OF SOUTHOLD, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Seybert, District Judge
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Pending before the Court is a motion to dismiss the original Complaint. For the reasons that follow, that motion is denied as moot. The Court also addresses the representation of Plaintiff Cheng Kai Yu Revocable Trust.
I. Defendants' Motion to Dismiss the Original Complaint On August 4, 2010, the Defendants moved to dismiss the Complaint. On August 11, 2010, Plaintiffs, who are litigating pro se, filed an Amended Complaint, as was their right under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15. FED. R. CIV. P.15(a)(1)(B)("A party may amend its pleading once as a matter of course within. . . 21 days after service of a motion under Rule 12(b), (e), or (f). . . ."). The Amended Complaint named additional defendants. All Defendants answered the Amended Complaint on August 23, 2010.
Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint supersedes the original Complaint, see Harris v. City of New York, 186 F.3d 243, 249 (2d Cir. 1999), and inasmuch as the Defendants' motion to dismiss was aimed at the original Complaint, that motion (Docket Entry 9) must be DENIED AS MOOT. II. Plaintiff Cheng Kai Yu Revocable TrustThe Court takes this occasion to address whether Plaintiff Cheng Kai Yu Revocable Trust (the "Trust") is represented by counsel. A review of the docket sheet indicates that the Trust appears on its own behalf, but an artificial entity such as a trust may not litigate pro se. See Bell v. South Bay European Corp., 486 F. Supp. 2d 257, 258 (S.D.N.Y. 2007). It appears, however, that Plaintiff Hui Hui Yu is an attorney, (Docket Entry 16 at 1), but it is unclear whether Yu is admitted to practice in the Eastern District of New York or whether Yu represents the Trust.
Accordingly, the Court directs the following: Within fourteen (14) days from the date of this Order, the Trust shall advise the Court in writing whether Yu represents it. If so, Yu is directed to register with the Court's Electronic Case Filing system ("ECF") and file an electronic notice of appearance. If the Trust is not represented by Yu, it must secure representation, and counsel for the Trust must file a notice of appearance within sixty (60) days from the date of this Order. The Trust is warned that the failure to secure counsel may result in the dismissal of its claims for failure to prosecute.
The Clerk of the Court is directed to mail all Plaintiffs a copy of this Order.
Joanna Seybert, U.S.D.J.
Central Islip, New York
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