Caselist

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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

 

 

Contract

 

Literary

17035 – On Review
Client, a screenwriter and author who is collaborating on a book series, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the terms of her collaboration with the entrepreneur who commissioned the series.

 

Music

17271 – NEW CASE
Client, a young musician and song-writer, seeks assistance with revising and negotiating a recording contract with a recording label, and regaining ownership of existing master recordings.

17242
Client, a not for profit which organizes opera festivals, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to help change its employment contracts in light of COVID-19 and as the status of the opera performers changes from contractors to employees.

17105
Client, a music publisher and producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate and redraft a work for hire agreement with a performer.

 

Visual Arts

17206 – On Review
Client, a nonprofit organization that promotes women’s art, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and redraft the organization’s privacy policy and website terms of use.

 

Copyright

 

Music

17195
Client, a filmmaker and songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review the terms of use for a music beats website. Client also seeks advice regarding the specific permissions and licenses required before using the work of another rightsholder in her music and short films.

 

Photography

17146 – On Review
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess her intellectual property rights in photographs she took in her capacity as a co-member of a now-dissolved LLC, and to negotiate usage rights with her former partners.

 

Corporate

 

 

Disputes

 

Cultural

17185
Client, a Chicago-based organizer and activist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a non-profit organization for which she had been working for several years. Client seeks to negotiate payment for her services and recognition as a founder of the organization.

 

Dance

17166
Client, owner of a dance studio, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to aid his efforts to stop pandemic-related harassment of dance studios by New York City officials.

17070 – On Review
Client, the executive director of a not-for-profit theater company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a former independent contractor who made damaging public statements about Client and the theater company.

 

Film/TV

17243 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a Haitian painter and arts educator based in New York City, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate potential claims against a New Jersey-based organization that is selling photographs of Client with his artwork, without Client’s permission, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

17081
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover payment and credit for a documentary about music festivals produced by a New York-based media company.

16647
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent her in a dispute relating to the distribution of a documentary about a high-profile R&B singer/songwriter.

 

Literary

17261 – NEW CASE
Client, a freelance journalist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess and enforce her intellectual property rights in a manuscript to which she contributed research, editing, and writing. Attorney would represent Client in mediation, if appropriate, and in all communications with the adverse party’s attorney.

17167
Client, a former actor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute related to her university’s failure to award her a specific degree major.

17036
Client, an author of young adult fantasy adventure novels, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to terminate his contract with a publisher, and to reclaim rights in two novels that are currently owned by the publisher.

17023
Client, an author and a doctoral candidate in music theory, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in enforcing a publishing agreement against an international publisher.

16506 – NEW CASE
Client, an author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess her rights regarding her book, which was registered with the US Copyright Office under her editor’s name, without Client’s permission.

 

Music

17240 – ACTIVE LITIGATION – On Review
Client, a musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to defend her in a defamation lawsuit in Supreme Court, New York County, and file a counterclaim for breach of an investor agreement.

17202
Client, a musician and songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on how to remove unauthorized versions of his music from online stores and streaming platforms.

17176
Client, a musician and recording artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a trademark dispute with another musical artist and her recording company.

17148 – ACTIVE LITIGATION
Client, a music studio owner, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent Client in a lawsuit from landlord against Client for unpaid rent for the music studio due to COVID-19.

17047 – On Review
Client, a musician and former member of an indie-electronic band, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with an unresponsive former bandmate regarding use, credit, and compensation of co-created intellectual property.

17029
Client, a recording artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to terminate a music licensing agreement and have music removed from points of sale.

17025
Client, a singer-songwriter who sang a popular 1980s track, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess a copyright infringement claim against a record label that has been making unauthorized copies of the song, and pursue relief, if appropriate.

17024
Client, a former singer-songwriter, seeks assistance with assessing her rights in a popular song, and collecting royalties, if appropriate.

 

Photography

17263 – NEW CASE
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to facilitate her former partner’s withdrawal from an LLC or to dissolve the LLC and create a new entity. Client additionally seeks assistance in obtaining the rights to her former partner’s film and video footage.

 

Visual Arts

17223
Client, the founder of a theater organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in recovering losses resulting from a dispute with a former landlord.

17165
Client, a painter and the representative of a prolific visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with an art advisor who has failed to fulfill his obligations.

17136
Client, the organizer of a public art project created to support a local community, seeks the assistance of a volunteer to evaluate her rights to one of the artworks which is being held by a building owner on whose property a mural was painted, and to recover the artwork if possible.

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.

 

Employment

 

Theater

17186
Client, an actor and a children’s drama teacher, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess whether he is owed money for services provided to an acting studio, and to assist client in recovering any backpay owed.

 

Immigration

 

 

Mediation

 

 

Non-Profit

 

Music

17254 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a non-profit opera company undergoing an administration change, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for reinstatement of its 501(c)(3) status and update its bylaws.

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

Fashion

17164 – On Review
Client, a fashion designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the early termination of his residential lease.

 

Music

17148 – ACTIVE LITIGATION
Client, a music studio owner, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent Client in a lawsuit from landlord against Client for unpaid rent for the music studio due to COVID-19.

 

Visual Arts

17173
Client, a not-for-profit arts organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in drafting a contract with a real estate consortium.

17135
Clients, two painters who rented an art studio, seek the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess their rights against a landlord who wrongfully removed and destroyed their artwork, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

 

Trademark

 

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Visual Arts

17131
Client, theatre director and author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in New Jersey to draft a will, living will, health care proxy, and power of attorney.

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