Caselist

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 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

16885 – NEW CASE
Client, the president of a not-for-profit organization that has founded a film festival, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a licensing or assignment agreement.

16874 – NEW CASE
Client, the producer and director of an original musical, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate an agreement to create a podcast and cast album based on the musical.

16854 – On Review
Client, an actor and producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a collaboration agreement with co-producers in the UK.

16852 – On Review
Client, co-creator of a short web-series and member of an LLC, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an investment agreement.

16845
Client, an independent filmmaker creating a short film about the life of a famous aviatrix, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to acquire life rights.

16834 – On Review
Client, a film producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and revise a production agreement with the director of a documentary.

16826
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and revise various release forms for subjects of a film on Litefeet dance culture, as well as a contract with his partner.

 

Literary

16805 – On Review
Client, a journalist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a contract for the sale of his interview audio recordings.

 

Music

16877 – On Review
Client, a singer/songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a collaboration agreement with a co-producer to address ownership, royalties, credit, and approval rights in relation to an album that has been recorded.

16876 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit organization that creates dance programs for people with disabilities, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to secure music licenses for an upcoming company production and to negotiate a performance agreement with a musician.

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.

16815
Client, a bassist in a futuristic chamber-folk group, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a management agreement with a record label.

16784
Client, a music producer whose album of traditional Jewish songs are adapted and translated for a wider audience, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to update payment terms in an existing work-for-hire agreement with a lyricist.

 

Visual Arts

16873 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, is seeking the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review, negotiate and re-draft a contract for archiving his work.

 

Copyright

 

Music

16872 – NEW CASE
Client, a musician whose work integrates live instruments with electronic sounds, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess potential risks associated with using an audio sample of an excerpt from a Toni Morrison work.

 

Theater

16783 – On Review
Client, the author of a musical that explores semi-fictionalized stories of historical figures, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review the draft script to identify instances of potential copyright infringement and to offer advice concerning fair use.

 

Corporate

 

 

Disputes

 

Dance

16853 
Client, a ballet director, composer, and choreographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine her rights against a ballet troupe that is using the name of a ballet she helped to create.

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

 

Fashion

16855 – NEW CASE
Client, a fashion designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess his legal options in a dispute with knitting technology company.

 

Film/TV

16775
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.

16703 – On Review
Client, a freelance consulting television producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover compensation for services rendered to a media corporation.

 

Literary

16837 – On Review
Client, a fashion-designer and writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent her in a defamation lawsuit in state court.

16752
Client, a dancer and the author of a fitness guide, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a self-publishing company regarding the payment of royalties.

 

Music

16864
Client, a music producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a copyright infringement claim based on the similarity of a song’s chord progression and rhythm.

16846 – On Review
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.

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.

16763
Client, a DJ and event promoter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to challenge the unauthorized use of a trademark and logo.

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

16736
Client, a musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to demand evidence of work completed under a management and representation agreement.

16557
Client, a Brooklyn-based musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a settlement agreement and recover money owed to Client.

16164
Client, a jazz musician, who filed a complaint in NY Supreme Court alleging various causes of action, including defamation and tortious interference with economic gain, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in the pending lawsuit.

 

Performance

16858 – NEW CASE
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

16865
Client, an Italian photographer whose single-edition gelatin silver prints were placed in a self-storage facility without her authorization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover her photographs.

 

Theater

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 – On Review
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

16879 – On Review
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.

16859 – On Review
Client, a bodega window painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover compensation for services rendered as a studio manager.

16857 – On Review
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.

16693
Client, a New York City-based visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in a commercial lease dispute currently in New York State Supreme Court regarding, among other things, subleasing of the Premises, and owing of rent at holdover rate as stipulated in the lease.

16657
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover artwork from a former agent, or to receive compensation for the work.

16652
Client, a toy designer who contracted a prototyping company to create a prototype of his design, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover a refund after the company failed to complete Client’s prototype as agreed.

16451
Client, a font designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to commence a claim against a design agency for the breach of an End User Licensing Agreement (EULA).

 

Employment

 

 

Immigration

 

 

Mediation

 

 

Non-Profit

 

Music

16849
Client, a critically-acclaimed classical guitarist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in incorporating a not-for-profit weekly classical music concert series, including proposing a budget, drafting a mission statement, and advising on board members.

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.

 

Visual Arts

16886 – NEW CASE
Client, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that served as a platform for emerging artists, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to complete the various steps towards voluntary dissolution.

16878
Client, an organization that preserves, maintains, and facilitates exhibitions of a Russian art collection, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a non-profit organization, acquire tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

Visual Arts

16693
Client, a New York City-based visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in a commercial lease dispute currently in New York State Supreme Court regarding, among other things, subleasing of the Premises, and owing of rent at holdover rate as stipulated in the lease.

 

Trademark

 

Fashion

16830 – On Review
Client, a designer of uniquely functional bags with plans to expand her business beyond the United States, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine the availability of her business name as a trademark abroad and to register the trademark, as appropriate.

 

Film/TV

16804 – On Review
Client, the writer and director of a popular comedy web series, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to trademark the name of the series, a key catchphrase, and a main character.

 

Music

16808 – On Review
Client, a music producer, seeks to register trademarks for his artist name, apparel brand name, and logos for use in promoting his music.

16779 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a musician and composer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for use in association with musical composition notebooks.

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Dance

16801 – On Review
Client, a retired tap dancer and Broadway performer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to prepare a will, living will, and a health care proxy.

 

Visual Arts

16718 
Client, a world-renowned, trailblazing artist, filmmaker and photographer seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine the legality of an Irrevocable Supplemental Needs Trust Agreement governing an archive of her work, and determine the feasibility of alternative trust arrangements.

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