Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday November 12, 2019

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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

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

16819 – NEW CASE
Client, a music producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an artist management contract with a singer discovered in Russia.

 

Copyright

 

Film/TV

16822 – NEW CASE
Client, a screenwriter and filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft release agreements to secure the intellectual property rights to her script and web series.

16385
Client, a writer and director of musicals, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to acquire the necessary permissions from the producers and subjects of a documentary about a family of performers.

 

Corporate

 

 

Disputes: Litigation

 

Film/TV

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.

16608
Client, a freelance copywriter and independent filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess his rights regarding the unauthorized use of his ideas and materials in various commercial advertisements, and to pursue relief, if appropriate.

16606
Client, a graduate film student, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover the final installment of a grant awarded in a competition hosted by a not-for-profit institution.

16588
Client, a student filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist in recovering the final installment of a grant that was awarded but not disbursed.

16409
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with his co-producer over investment in a movie project.

 

Theater

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.

16556
Client, a New Jersey-based musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a settlement agreement related to the unauthorized use of a trademark.

 

Visual Arts

16767 – On Review
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.

16599
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to address a commercial gallery’s breach of contract following the gallery’s failure to pay fabrication fees to a third party, failure to pay for a sculpture, and miscalculation of commissions due on two previous sales.

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).

 

Literary

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

16763 – On Review
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.

16559
Client, a singer, songwriter and producer in the 1970s and 1980s, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a claim for royalties derived from a sound recording and musical composition of a popular song.

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

16498 – On Review
Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess his rights against a record label, which he claims is unlawfully distributing his music online and withholding payment, and to pursue action if appropriate.

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.

 

Disputes: Pre-Litigation

 

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.

16307
Client, a screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess Client’s rights against a film company that released a film with strong similarities to Client’s screenplay, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

 

Music

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

16653
Client, a music producer and record label owner, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to provide an assessment of the Client’s rights against a French record label that distributed music under a license agreement signed prior to the assignment of copyright to the Client.

 

Visual Arts

16384
Client, a visual artist and sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate compensation for a California university’s unauthorized use of his designs in promotional material.

 

Employment

 

 

Immigration

 

Dance

16796 – NEW CASE 
Client, a ballet dancer featured in the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file an O-1 visa renewal application and to advise on the prospects of obtaining a Green Card. Client’s O-1 visa expires in April 2020.

 

Mediation

 

 

Non-Profit

 

Dance

16770 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a hip hop organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Literary

16809 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, an organization that strives to make poetry accessible through the medium of film, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit entity, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Theater

16517
Client, a non-for-profit organization, seeks legal assistance of a volunteer attorney to revise their current online privacy policy.

 

Visual Arts

16818 – NEW CASE
Client, a visual arts organization seeking to serve mid-career artists, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, acquire tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

16799 – NEW CASE
Client, a not-for-profit organization that provides studio space for artists to work and teach, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to reinstate their tax-exempt status in New York State.

 

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

 

Film/TV

16804 – NEW CASE – 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.

16780 – NEW CASE
Client, a jazz musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file for federal trademark protection for her new band name.

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

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Literary

16496 
Client, the daughter of a famous children’s novelist and co-executor of her father’s estate, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a co-executor relating to the recovery of estate expenses and the distribution of estate property.

 

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.

16481 
Client, the step-son of an English artist and scholar, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on a lawsuit related to his step-mother’s will, and to assist in recovering attorneys fees incurred by the estate.

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