Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday June 11, 2019

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

 

Contract

 

Literary

16596 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, an author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a book publishing contract with a small, independent publishing house.

 

Theater

16569 – On Review
Client, a performance artist and poet, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist in formalizing a creative partnership with a collaborator.

16541 – On Review
Client, a musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a collaboration agreement with a playwright.

 

Copyright

 

Music

16448
Client, a musical composer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist to re-acquire the copyright to a composition he first published in 1985, and later assigned to a music publisher.

16426 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing interactive music video episodes to assisted living facilities as a tool for mentally and physically stimulating resident’s with Alzheimer‘s disease, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on copyright issues regarding the use of music in videos, and to draft agreements related to the videos.

 

Visual

16512
Client, an artist who created a website that advocates against censorship online by using images sourced from the internet, seeks the advice of a volunteer attorney on how Client may limit potential claims of copyright infringement.

 

Corporate

 

 

Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Dance

16531 – On Review
Client, the founder of a not-for-profit dance company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a trademark and negotiate the division of the organization’s assets.

 

Fashion

16322 – On Review
Client, a fashion designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to stop online stores from infringing her copyright in her photography and shoe designs.

 

Film/TV

16572 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a threat of litigation from an actress who claims Client disseminated footage without authorization.

16588 – On Review
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 – On Review
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with his co-producer over investment in a movie project.

16374
Client, a film director, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent Client in a dispute between the Client and one of the film’s producers over lack of credit and Client’s removal from a project.

16307 – On Review
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 copyrighted screenplay, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

16239 
Client, a not-for-profit filmmaking organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a former collaborator who harassed a board member, filed an ethics complaint against Client and its president, and continues to speak disparagingly about Client in the filmmaking community.

15777 – On Review
Client, a scriptwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a director who used Client’s autobiographical script and personal photographs to create a feature film.

 

Literary

16387
Client, an artist and writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney for negotiation and possible mediation of a copyright dispute over her late husband’s estate.

16013 
Client, an author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute regarding funds that a publisher paid her under a contract, to regain intellectual property rights in the works covered under the parties’ contract, and to enforce her privacy rights which she believes her publisher has violated.

 

Music

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

16498
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.

16282
Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to receive credit for the twelve years of work she did on behalf of a well-known jazz musician.

 

Photography

16502
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover payment from online publications that are using his photographs without permission.

16358
Client, a photographer whose images are licensed as stock photographs, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to investigate whether the licensing company is engaged in unauthorized use of Client’s photographs under the terms of the agreements between the parties and to investigate whether the licensing company owes additional amounts to Client. If Client does have viable claims against the licensing company, Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in the enforcement of his rights.

16142
Client, a visual artist, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a contractual dispute with a photographer with whom she collaborated on a project.

16011
Client, the recipient of a sizable photography grant, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a former partner who received half of the grant to promote the project but failed to execute the work promised.

 

Theater

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.

16494
Client, composer for an Obie-winning musical, requires a litigator to pursue copyright and contract claims against former collaborators and, possibly, a theater company that produced the first run of the musical.

16163
Client, an actor whose profile was removed from a casting website when he was recovering from surgery, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to have his profile restored and to receive a refund for the fees he paid to the website.

 

Visual

16524
Client, a visual artist, requires the assistance of a volunteer attorney to send a letter demanding payment for the uncompensated use of his work.

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).

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.

16273
Client, a community-focused public artist whose work is installed in a New York City park, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess Client’s claim of copyright infringement against a corporate art installation, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

 

Employment

 

Film/TV

16144
Client, a professional actress, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a workplace harassment and retaliation claim with a major media network.

 

Immigration

 

Film/TV

16528 – On Review
Client, a singer and dancer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa addendum to allow Client to work in film production and as an on-screen performer.

16420
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on preparing her application for an O-1 visa.

 

Mixed

16188
Client, an internationally renowned, interdisciplinary digital media and installation artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer lawyer to apply for a green card.

15917
Client, a Canadian architect, illustrator, game inventor and visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

 

Music

16429
Client, a musical artist and performer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file an O-1 Visa extension application.

 

Mediation

 

Fashion

16547 – On Review
Client, a model, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent her at a mediation with a modelling agency, in order to recover money owed to Client.

 

Non-Profit

 

Visual

16575 – On Review
Client, a visual arts not-for-profit corporation, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to reinstate its tax exempt status, which was revoked in May 2010.

 

Theater

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

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

 

Trademark

 

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Visual Arts

16570 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, a living will and a health care proxy.

 

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.

 

Mixed

16481 – On Review
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.