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Toyo Tire and Rubber Co., Ltd. v. Toyama Tyre Corp., Ltd.

United States District Court, D. Nevada

March 11, 2014

TOYO TIRE AND RUBBER CO., LTD., et al., Plaintiff(s),
v.
TOYAMA TYRE CORP., LTD., Defendant(s)

REPORT & RECOMMENDATION

NANCY J. KOPPE, Magistrate Judge.

This matter is before the court on Defendants Toyama Tyre Corp., LTD., Toyama Tyre Corp., LTD., and Hong Kong Toyama Tyre Int'l, LTD.'S failure to comply with this Court's Orders (Docket Nos. 22, 24).

On December 30, 2013, the Court granted law firm of Cotton, Driggs, Walch, Holley, Woloson & Thompson, and the New York-based law firm of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman P.C.'s motion to withdraw as counsel of record and gave the corporate defendants until January 30, 2014, in which to retain counsel of record authorized to appear in this action because a corporation cannot appear except through counsel. Docket No. 22. The order directed the Clerk of the Court to serve defendants with a copy of the order at the last known addresses provided by its former counsel, and advised defendants that their failure to timely comply with the order "may result in a recommendation to the District Judge for sanctions, including case dispositive sanctions." Id. To date, the corporate defendants have failed to retain counsel of record. None of the defendants has requested an extension of time in which to comply with the court's order.

On January 31, 2014, the Court issued an Order to Show Cause instructing Defendants to show cause, in writing, no later than March 3, 2014, why they should not be sanctioned and/or why the Court should not recommend that default judgment be entered against them for failure to defend and failure to comply with the Court's prior order. See Court Order to Show Cause, Docket No. 24. The Order advised Defendants that failure to comply would result in a recommendation to the District Judge that default judgment be entered against them. Id. Defendants have not complied or requested an extension of time in which to comply.

Accordingly,

IT IS THE RECOMMENDATION of the undersigned United States Magistrate Judge that the Defendants' pleadings be STRICKEN.

IT IS FURTHER RECOMMENDED that the Clerk of the Court enter judgment accordingly.


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