Caselist

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 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

 

Fashion

17201 
Client, a jewelry designer who is outsourcing production of certain pieces, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a contract with a Chinese manufacturer.

 

Literary

17194 – On Review
Client, a nonprofit organization that publishes a magazine, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to create contracts governing the submissions of fiction, nonfiction, artwork, and recordings to the magazine.

17035
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

17222 – On Review
Client, an indie/synth-pop recording artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in drafting a producer agreement for an upcoming album.

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
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
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

17232
Client, a talent manager and film producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in terminating a joint venture for the production of a video series.

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

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.

 

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.

17225
Client, a singer-songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to restore her music catalogue to all streaming and social media platforms after a former collaborator removed the songs without permission.

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
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.

17039
Client, a popular mid-century jazz songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent Client in an ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit.

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.

 

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.

17216 – ACTIVE LITIGATION
Client, a producer for dancers and visual artists, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent her in a lawsuit against an artist for breach of contract, fraud, and fraudulent inducement.

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

 

 

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.

 

Right of Publicity

 

Theater

17239 – On Review
Client, an actor who created and performs a character based on a famous television personality, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate the risks of producing a series based on the character.

 

Trademark

 

Fashion

17208
Client, a clothing designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for the logo of his clothing brand.

 

Music

17218 
Client, a musician, producer, and lyricist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register Client’s name as a trademark.

17126 
Client, a musical artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for her stage name.

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Visual Arts

17221
Client, the executor of a visual artist’s estate, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in recovering property bequeathed to Client in his partner’s will and also closing out the estate.

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