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Jan 2015

VLA Case List

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Updated as of Thursday, October 29, 2015, 4:00 PM

Open Cases

Please remember that cases are sometimes unavailable as already on review by another attorney. The Case List marks these cases as “On Review.” Occasionally, these cases may return to the list if not placed with the reviewing attorney, who has one week to accept or return the case. As many VLA cases are placed very quickly, we encourage you to include at least two cases in your case requests.

To request a case, please email with the appropriate case number (on subject line) below to VLA’s Staff Attorney, at probono@vlany.org.


 

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

 


 

 

 

Contract

Client, an author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in reviewing a Life Rights Acquisition Agreement and drafting releases if necessary.

Client, an author, seeks legal assistance drafting a release agreement for her second book.

Client, a musician and songwriter, seeks assistance to negotiate the terms of a recording agreement.

Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a claim for unpaid royalties.

Contract/Copyright

Music

14821

Client, a drummer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover royalty payments and obtain writing credits for songs to which he contributed.


Photography

14976 – New Case

Client, a creative director, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist her in a copyright dispute regarding work that a record label used from her website.


Visual

14783 – On Review

Client, a graphic designer, seeks assistance recovering design fees for services and original artwork rendered to a former client.


 

Copyright

Visual

Client, a deceased illustrator’s heir, seeks assistance recapturing copyrights for works created between 1950 and 1976 that may currently be in the public domain.
Client, a fine art collage artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a copyright infringement claim.

 

Corporate

Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC in New York.

Music
Client, a folk singer, seeks an attorney to assist in determining her rights to songs held by a publishing company dissolved by tax proclamation and to assist her in determining what her tax liabilities are, vis a vis the dissolved corporation.

Visual
Client, a ceramic artist, seeks assistance forming an LLC in New York.

 

Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

Fashion
Clients, visual artists and creators of a fine art apparel and jewelry brand, seek assistance in a trademark infringement litigation. Clients are scheduled for a court-ordered mediation in October.
Client, a fashion designer, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist her in defending a breach of contract suit brought by her former employer. Client has already won on two grounds: denial of a preliminary injunction to prevent use of her trademarks and invalidation of a non-compete clause.

Film/TV
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks assistance assessing ownership rights to film footage pursuant to a settlement agreement.

Literary
Client, a writer and director, needs a volunteer attorney to defend him in a breach of contract suit in which a former employer demands repayment of monies paid to him for work as performed.

Music
Client, a beneficiary of her mother’s estate, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a petition for a full accounting with the Surrogate’s Court in order to collect performance royalties she is entitled to through the estate.
Client seeks assistance recovering payments owed to him under a contract for sale of a concert recording.
Client seeks a volunteer attorney to defend him in a lawsuit for non-payment on a services contract.

Theater
Client, an organization that produces live opera performances, seeks assistance pursuing a breach of contract claim against a venue.
Client, a playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to defend her in a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Visual
Client, a visual artist, seeks a volunteer attorney to recover a stolen work of art.
Client, a textile designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a copyright infringement claim against another textile company that has been using and selling her pattern.
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent her in mediation opposite a fine-art storage and transportation company that damaged her sculpture.
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the likelihood of success of a copyright infringement claim for an advertisement.

 

Employment

Theater
Client, a former Broadway guitarist, seeks assistance to assess and potentially challenge the administrative denial of his request for pension benefits.

 

Immigration

Fashion
Client, a costume designer and image consultant, is currently on an F1 visa and wants to apply for an O-1 visa.

Film/TV
Client, an independent film director and television producer, seeks assistance in applying for O-1 visa.

Mixed
Client, an actor and trapeze artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

Music
Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

Visual
Client, an award winning multimedia visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain an O-1 visa.
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in preparing the necessary paperwork for an 0-1 Visa application.

 

Mediation

Theater
Parties seek mediation to resolve a dispute regarding an alleged breach of a contract concerning a theatrical cabaret show. ***Open to those who have attended VLA’s MediateArt Training***
Parties seek mediation to resolve a dispute regarding an alleged breach of a contract concerning a theatrical cabaret show. ***Open to those who have attended VLA’s MediateArt Training***

 

Non-Profit

Film
Client, a film and theater organization, seeks an attorney to incorporate as a not-for-profit, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft its bylaws.

Mixed
Client, a Native American cultural organization, seeks assistance applying for tax-exempt status.
Client, a performing arts not-for-profit organization that focuses on cultural heritage, seeks assistance in registering as a foreign corporation in New York, and establishing a subsidiary in New York.

 

Patent

Fashion
Client, a fashion designer, wishes to patent a functional item of clothing.
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a utility patent for a unique t-shirt.
Client seeks assistance assessing the patentability and applying for a patent for a jewelry item.

Mixed
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of an accessory that would make lounging outside more comfortable, and filing a non-provisional patent application if appropriate.
Client seeks a volunteer attorney to assist with securing patent protection for a process that creates a new type of eco-friendly building material.
Client, a musician, developed a hand-held device for guitar players and seeks assistance filing a utility patent for the invention.
Client, a mechanical engineer, seeks assistance filing a 12 month accelerated examination of a utility patent for a mechanical device.
Client, an inventor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the patentability of a process to create building materials and if appropriate, file a patent.
Client, a personal trainer, seeks assistance filing a patent for a fitness training system.
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a patent for a gaming system.
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a play center for toddlers and applying for a patent if appropriate.
Client seeks a volunteer attorney to assist with applying for a patent for an automobile accessory.
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a rodent-resistant lawn accessory and filing a non-provisional patent application.
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a patent for a plush toy accessory.
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a utility patent for a specialty coffee grinder.
Client seeks assistance in filing a utility patent for a new mechanism to improve the quality of soft furniture.
Client seeks assistance drafting a patent for a phone application and a non-disclosure agreement with a software developer.
Client seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a food preparation device and filing a provisional patent, if applicable.
Client is an architect seeking assistance assessing the patentability of his architectural invention and applying for a patent if applicable.
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of an invention for a game and filing for a patent for the application, if applicable.
Client seeks assistance assessing and filing a patent for a modified version of a test.
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a mobile application and filing for a patent for the application, if applicable.

Music
Client seeks assistance filing for a patent for a luxury apparel accessory item.
Client seeks assistance in determining patentability and applying for a patent, if possible, for a musical invention.
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance filing a patent for a software music algorithm system and a hardware sensory device.

Visual
Client, an inventor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a patent application for a telecommunications-based medical alert system.
Client seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a scientific-testing tool, and for assistance applying for a patent, if applicable.
Client seeks assistance with filing for a provisional patent for his gym related invention.
Client is an inventor, who created a new game. He seeks legal assistance assessing the patentability of his invention and applying for a patent, if possible.
Client, a visual artist and a material scientist, seeks legal assistance assessing the patentability of an invention, and filing for a patent, if possible.

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

Photography

14903 – New Case

Client, a photographer, seeks legal assistance resolving a dispute with her landlord regarding the living conditions of a studio space in a residential building in Brooklyn, in which she also lives.


Visual

14806

Client, a sculptor, seeks assistance determining her rights in a land dispute with a neighbor, and protecting her artworks on the disputed land.

14769 – On Review

Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover damages for artwork destroyed by mold and moisture in a leased premises.


Trademark

Fashion

14911

Client, a fashion designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the likelihood of success of a trademark infringement claim and file a claim against the adverse party if appropriate.

Wills, Trusts or Estates

Music

14993 – New Case

Client, the owner of a music publishing company, seeks assistance obtaining an amended business certificate naming her as the sole proprietor of the company.

Visual

14902

Client, the director of an arts organization, seeks assistance with estate planning and drafting a will.

14787

Client seeks assistance reclaiming money spent in her capacity as an agent of deceased artist, and if possible, fulfilling the artist’s wishes of donating his work to non-profit institutions.

 

 

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