Caselist

Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 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

 

Film/TV

17299 – NEW CASE
Client, a filmmaker, seeks to draft a co-producer agreement and a director agreement for a short film project.

17288 – NEW CASE
Client, a filmmaker collaborating on a multi-disciplinary project that aims to highlight Hawaiian culture through the adaptation of a literary work, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a collaboration agreement.

 

Music

17271 – NEW CASE
Client, a singer/songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to revise and negotiate a contract with a record label, and regain ownership of master recordings.

 

Theater

17291
Client, the composer and lyricist of a musical based on a novel by a well-known author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an underlying rights agreement between him, the novel’s author, and, if appropriate, his former creative partner, and to draft a retroactive collaboration agreement with that former partner.

 

Visual Arts

17281 – On Review
Client, a contemporary artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a sale agreement with the owner of works by a famous artist, and to revise a consignment agreement.

 

Copyright

 

Music

17195 – On Review
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.

 

Theater

17308 – NEW CASE
Client, an experienced Broadway performer who also works as a real estate agent, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on his intellectual property rights in a workshop that he created.

 

Visual Arts

17268
Client, a multidisciplinary visual artist whose media includes drawing, video, mixed-media sculpture, and installation, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess her rights with regard to other artists who have been appropriating her work, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

 

Corporate

 

Music

17317 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a freelance filmmaker, DJ, and graphic artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a limited liability company.

 

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 
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.

 

Design

17277
Client, a freelancer designer who was hired for a marketing and branding assignment, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover payment for work performed in full.

 

Film/TV

17290 – On Review
Client, a documentary film production company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute for non-payment of services.

17243
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

17303 – NEW CASE
Client, a teenage author and environmental activist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover an advance paid by the publisher of her first book to Client’s former literary agent, who has admitted to receiving the funds but has failed to forward to Client.

17261
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
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

17295
Client, a musician and composer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to secure royalties prescribed by the Ferrick v. Spotify class settlement. The funds are being held in escrow pending resolution of a discrepancy regarding Client’s ownership of certain songs.

17285
Client, a folk/soul band, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve an ongoing dispute with a former band member over payment of royalties for both published and unpublished music, as well as merchandise profits. Client also seeks to determine intellectual property rights in the music, and to dissolve the band’s limited liability company.

17202 – On Review
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.

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
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

17292
Client, a professional artist working in painting and new media, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a former collaborator who is in breach of an agreement.

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.

 

Employment

 

Theater

17310 – NEW CASE
Client, a Broadway performer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on an employment discrimination claim against his employer and union.

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

 

Literary

17305 – NEW CASE
Client, an organization that supports Latin American artists across the United States, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Music

17258 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding of classical concert music by maintaining a large catalog of music that is available for commercial licensing, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to redraft the organization’s bylaws and conflict of interest policy, and to potentially restructure the organization.

 

Theater

17267 – On Review
Client, a theater company in the South Bronx that produces non-traditional, interactive interpretations of Shakespeare, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit entity, apply for tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Visual Arts

17286 – On Review
Client, an organization that will provide artists with exposure and access to the art market, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

Visual Arts

17278
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise him on his rights as a tenant of a live/work artists’ space.

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

 

Trademark

 

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Visual Arts

17131
Client, a 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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