Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday October 15, 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

 

Film/TV

16729 – NEW CASE – ON REVIEW
Client, a documentary film maker, created a film and is entitled to a share of royalties. Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain access to accounts in order to determine royalties owed by the film’s producer.

 

Literary

16738 – ON REVIEW
Client, a not-for-profit organization that produces immersive and interactive theater events, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and revise its template performance agreements and collaboration agreements, which they use with outside performers.

 

Music

16680
Client, the widow of a well-known Puerto Rican musician, seeks the assistance of a pro bono attorney to review and explain the meaning of BMI documents in order to receive royalties from her husband’s music, and to review a testamentary document associated with her husband’s estate.

 

Copyright

 

Dance

16732 – ON REVIEW
Client, a not-for-profit modern dance company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to copyright the choreography, and to explore ways to protect the technique itself.

 

Film/TV

16385 – ON REVIEW
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

 

Dance

16726 – ON REVIEW
Client, the founder of a start-up online platform that hosts dance tutorial video content, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to revise the company’s corporate charter.

 

Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Film/TV

16755 – NEW CASE
Client, a playwright and screenwriter who wrote a short film for a director, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate terms of ownership of the short film and any derivative work based on the film.

16749 – NEW CASE
Clients, two filmmakers involved in the production of a documentary in which subjects were filmed without their consent, seek the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review their documentary to assess their legal risks.

16716
Client, the sole proprietor of a talent agency, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to an individual claiming an ownership stake in the agency.

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.

16643
Client, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to risk assess her film and advise on mitigating risk in portraying a character based on a real individual with whom she does not have a life rights agreement.

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 – ON REVIEW
Client, a graduate student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 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 – 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
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with his co-producer over investment in a movie 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 screenplay, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

 

Music

16762 – NEW CASE – ON REVIEW
Client, the sole proprietor of a recording studio, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover compensation for services rendered to a musical instrument manufacturer.

16756 – NEW CASE
Client, a well-known rock musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to remove counterfeit albums and merchandise from an online seller.

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.

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
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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Visual Arts

16768 – NEW CASE – ON REVIEW
Client, a metal sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with an online payment website and a third party who commissioned the artist’s work.

16728 – ON REVIEW
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.

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 – ON REVIEW
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).

16384 – ON REVIEW
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

 

Film/TV

16708 
Client, a filmmaker, producer, and journalist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to prepare an O-1 visa, and, if appropriate, an EB-1 application.

 

Mediation

 

 

Non-Profit

 

Architecture

16721 – ON REVIEW
Client, an organization that aims to re-imagine under-utilized spaces, 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 – ON REVIEW
Client, a non-for-profit organization, seeks legal assistance of a volunteer attorney to revise their current online privacy policy.

 

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

 

Fashion

16737 – NEW CASE – ON REVIEW
Client, a fashion designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to trademark a logo for his company and designs.

 

Film/TV

16742 – NEW CASE – ON REVIEW
Client, a film producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for Client’s web-series.

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Theater

16761 – NEW CASE
Client, a performance and visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, living will, a healthcare proxy, and power of attorney.

 

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.

 

Photography

16757 – NEW CASE
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to prepare a will, a living will, and a health care proxy. Client also seeks advice on establishing a foundation or not-for-profit to preserve her legacy.

 

Visual Arts

16747 – NEW CASE
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to help set up a trust and draft a revised will.

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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