Caselist

Last Updated: Friday, August 7, 2020

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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

16834
Client, a film producer, director, and film-funding specialist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and revise an agreement with the director of a documentary film for her production and fundraising work.

 

Literary

17035 – NEW CASE – On Review
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.

 

Multimedia

17068 – NEW CASE
Client, an entrepreneur who is launching a multimedia website for teens, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft terms and conditions and a privacy policy for the website.

 

Music

17077 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, an entertainment company that is releasing a music album, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review the terms of a digital music distribution agreement with an international record label.

16958
Client, a singer-songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and negotiate two agreements with a record label.

 

Visual Arts

16999 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a gallery agreement and certificate of authenticity for her artwork.

 

Copyright

 

Film/TV

17040
Client, a photographer and videographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate the strength of a copyright claim with respect to a music video that incorporates elements very similar to Client’s work, and to seek relief from the record label, if appropriate.

17021 
Client, a visual arts not-for-profit organization formed to preserve the legacy of a well-known sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate the unauthorized use of a sculpture in an award-winning film, and pursue relief, if appropriate.

 

Literary

17008
Client, a multimedia artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess whether he is able to use material contained within his pitch packet, and to draft a separation agreement with a former collaborator.

 

Corporate

 

 

Disputes

 

Dance

17070 – NEW CASE
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.

16835
Client, a dance choreographer, is seeking the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate removal of a damaging social media post.

 

Film/TV

17081 – NEW CASE 
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.

 

Literary

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.

17030
Client, an author who hired an editor to proofread, format, and upload his book for sale online, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover the electronic file of his book from 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.

16990
Client, an author who created materials for an online tutoring program, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a Settlement Agreement to recover payments owed.

 

Music

17039 – On Review
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.

16793 – On Review
Client, a vocalist and songwriter, seeks to recover damages for the unauthorized use of a gospel song she co-wrote with a group of women.

 

Photography

17042
Client, a hip hop photographer and pro se plaintiff in the Southern District of New York, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in an ongoing dispute over whether his use of a photograph that he owns infringes on the publicity rights of the subject of the image.

 

Theater

16921
Client, a nationally-recognized playwright whose work is based on Native American culture, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess her rights against a theater production company that she feels is interfering with her business opportunities, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

16920
Client, an experienced theater producer, urgently seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent her in a suit in the Southern District of New York for breach of a contract to produce a revival of a hit West End and Broadway production, with the primary goal to immediately respond to a motion for summary judgment and attempt to settle the case.

 

Visual Arts

17087 – NEW CASE
Client, a furniture-maker, sculptor, and entrepreneur, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a parking garage that damaged Client’s vehicle, a critical asset in Client’s business.

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.

16879
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist with settlement discussions and possible ongoing litigation with a large media corporation in an ongoing intellectual property infringement case filed pro se in the Southern District of New York.

16856
Client, a Bronx-based illustrator and painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover artwork from a gallery, which was supposed to be returned following an exhibition.

 

Employment

 

 

Immigration

 

 

Mediation

 

 

Non-Profit

 

17084 – NEW CASE
Client, a yoga and wellness practitioner who is creating an artist retreat in New York, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit entity, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

 

Trademark

 

Fashion

17104 – NEW CASE
Client, a fashion designer and owner of an independent fashion label, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist with responding to an opposition to her trademark.

 

Performance

17069 – NEW CASE
Client, a not-for-profit educational and performance-based museum, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for the name of a new project.

 

Visual Arts

16919
Client, a New York-based visual artist from Mexico, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to protect Client’s brand and file a trademark, if appropriate.

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

 

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