Caselist

Last Updated: Friday, June 5, 2020

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Contract
Copyright
Corporate
Disputes
Employment
Immigration
Mediation
Non-Profit
Patent
Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant
Trademark
Wills, Trusts, or Estates

 

 

Contract

 

Film/TV

17004 – NEW CASE
Client, a filmmaker and content creator, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the terms of employment in an agreement.

 

Literary

17008 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a multimedia artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess whether he is able to use material contained within his pitch packet, and to draft a separation agreement with a former collaborator.

 

Music

17007 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a pop-funk musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an agreement with former band members as to each party’s rights in the music.

 

Copyright

 

Film/TV

16997
Client, a filmmaker who used another artist’s work under a Creative Commons license, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to the rightsholder’s objection, and to negotiate a license, if appropriate.

 

Corporate

 

 

Disputes

 

Dance

16835
Client, a dance choreographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate removal of a damaging Facebook post.

 

Film/TV

16775 – On Review
Client, a filmmaker and creator of a screenplay and short film, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate the strength of a copyright infringement claim and to pursue relief, if appropriate.

 

Literary

16990
Client, an author who created materials for an online tutoring program, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a Settlement Agreement to recover payments owed.

 

Music

16939
Client, an accomplished musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain compensation and credit for contributions to several songs released by a high-profile R&B performer.

16875
Client, a musician and music historian, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate an agreement with a music publisher for compensation and credit for work done to transcribe a piece of music.

16846
Client, a music producer, photographer, and personal manager, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with his former client, who made unauthorized use of master sound recordings and photographs from a performance at a famed rock club.

16843 
Client, Vice President of the oldest African American music-based not-for-profit, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on a corporate governance dispute.

16825
Client, a singer-songwriter who contracted with a producer to promote her music, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to compel the producer to provide accounting on a promotional agreement and the return of a production fee.

16793
Client, a vocalist and songwriter, seeks to recover damages for the unauthorized use of a gospel song she co-wrote with a group of women.

16756
Client, a well-known rock musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to remove counterfeit albums and merchandise from an online seller.

16557
Client, an award-winning Brooklyn-based jazz musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a court-mandated settlement agreement and recover money owed.

 

Performance

16858
Client, the daughter-in-law of a notable actor, author, and radio celebrity (now deceased), seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate the strength of copyright infringement claims and to pursue relief, if appropriate.

16823
Client, a New York-based writer, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to address breach of contract, copyright infringement, and misappropriation, by a Chinese company which exceeded the geographical scope of their license agreement.

 

Photography

17013 – NEW CASE
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent her in a claim for copyright infringement for the unauthorized use of her images. Client must commence proceedings prior to October 2020.

 

Theater

16921 – On Review
Client, a nationally-recognized playwright whose work is based on Native American culture, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess her rights against a theater production company that she feels is interfering with her business opportunities, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

16920
Client, an experienced theater producer, urgently seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent her in a suit in the Southern District of New York for breach of a contract to produce a revival of a hit West End and Broadway production, with the primary goal to immediately respond to a motion for summary judgment and attempt to settle the case.

16883
Client, a theater writer and performer, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist him in evaluating a claim against a small theater venue that intentionally interfered with his ability to run his performances in space he had rented from the venue.

16800
Client, a Francophone playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue payment for work done with a producer in New York.

16772
Client, a well-known acting teacher, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to demand payment of money owed to her by a long-established acting school in New York City.

 

Visual Arts

16909
Client, a visual artist who stored artwork in a commercial storage unit, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover damages for work that was auctioned off, or to recover the property itself.

16879
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist with settlement discussions and possible ongoing litigation with a large media corporation in an ongoing intellectual property infringement case filed pro se in the Southern District of New York.

16857
Client, a visual artist and pro se plaintiff, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue relief against an art gallery in an ongoing trademark and copyright dispute in the Southern District of New York.

16856
Client, a Bronx-based illustrator and painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover artwork from a gallery, which was supposed to be returned following an exhibition.

16767
Client, a performance artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist with the recovery of artwork from a curator, or to demand compensation for the work.

 

Employment

 

 

Immigration

 

Visual Arts

17016 – NEW CASE
Client, the Executive Director of a not-for-profit organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 or H1-B visa. Client’s current visa expires in August, 2020.

 

Mediation

 

 

Non-Profit

 

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

 

Trademark

 

Cultural Arts

17017 – NEW CASE 
Client, an arts and cultural non-profit organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to complete the registration of two pending trademarks.

17011 – NEW CASE
Client, an arts and cultural non-profit organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent them in a pending matter for the cancellation of a registered trademark filed with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Film/TV

17010 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client and his wife, both actors, seek the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft their wills, living wills, health care proxies.

 

Photography

16811 
Client, a photographer with a nearly fifty-year career, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine the extent of Client’s estate and prepare a will, living will, and a healthcare proxy.

16757
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to prepare a will, a living will, and a health care proxy. Client also seeks advice on establishing a foundation or not-for-profit to preserve her legacy.