Case List
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Updated as of Friday, August 29, 2014, 2:09 PM

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Who We Serve
VLA serves low income artists and non-profit arts and cultural organizations in a wide range of artistic disciplines, including theater, dance, fashion, the visual arts, performance, music, journalism, crafts, textiles, film, design, and literature. Whether artists are looking to start a non-profit dance company, copyright their manuscript or produce an independent film, VLA is available to assist them. VLA meets the artist before a case can be listed on our case list to confirm that they meet VLA’s financial and substantive guidelines. Further explanation of our financial and substantive qualification guidelines is available upon your request.

Table of Contents

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

Contract - Back to Top

14221 - On Review
Client, a film producer, seeks advice on appropriate SEC filings. Client has a private placement memorandum and subscription agreement which he needs reviewed.

Client, a writer, seeks a volunteer attorney to draft a demand letter for specific performance, or alternatively, reimbursement of monies paid to adverse party under a writer for hire contract for the editing, publishing and promotion of a book.

A Spanish speaking-only musician seeks a volunteer attorney to represent his interests in a breach of contract and a possible copyright infringement by a music arranger.

Client seeks legal assistance negotiating song royalties with the other members of her former band.

Contract/Copyright - Back to Top

14121 - On Review
Client is a designer seeking review of a consulting and confidentiality agreement.

Client is a documentary filmmaker who seeks assistance obtaining errors and omissions insurance for his film.

Client is a film maker seeking legal assistance negotiating with a former employee who is using footage from client's project without the client's permission.

Client, the founder of a publishing company, seeks a volunteer attorney to review a literary publishing contract.

Client, an artist, seeks a volunteer attorney to advise her on issues of defamation, confidentiality and trademark in relation to an experimental art installation, and to draft a contract for the acceptance or rejection of a gift to certain public, private and university libraries for use in the installation.

Client provided original music for two theatrical performances that were filmed and subsequently sold in DVD format without his permission. Client seeks an attorney to assist him with receiving compensation.

Client, an illustrator, seeks a volunteer attorney to assess her claim for copyright infringement for illustrations she drew that now appear in a book without her consent.

Copyright - Back to Top

Client, a textile designer, whose textile pattern has possibly been infringed by a Canadian textile company, seeks assistance to send a cease and desist letter to a Canadian textile company, which is selling a similar pattern. Client also seeks advice on assessing the merits of an infringement claim.

Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate his liability for infringement and violation of the right of publicity and negotiate with the adverse party the rights to distribute the film. Client also needs assistance obtaining errors and omissions insurance.

Client seeks a volunteer attorney to advise her on the copyright eligibility of her street performance work and to assess whether another artist has infringed her work.

14188 - On Review
Client is a music production company seeking representation to send a cease and desist demand to a former associate who is performing Client's music under a name for which Client has a registered trademark.

Client, the director of an all- female theater group, seeks volunteer attorney to help her negotiate the intellectual property rights of a play with her former partner and a third party.

Client, a fine artist, seeks a volunteer attorney to help him recover compensation for the unauthorized use of a photograph of his painting in apartment listing advertisements.

14114 - On Review
Client, a photographer, seeks a volunteer attorney to stop adverse party from the unauthorized use of her videos on the internet and of the unauthorized use of her photographs on adverse party's merchandise.

Client is a photographer seeking advice concerning a blog using one of her photos without permission. Client wants the blog to give her name attribution.

Corporate - Back to Top

14224 - On Review
Client, an actor, seeks a volunteer attorney to terminate a partnership and negotiate a potential buyout of the company. He also seeks to recover misappropriated corporate assets.

Visual artist seeks assistance incorporating an LLC.

Dispute/Litigation - Back to Top

13699 - On Review
Client seeks legal representation in recovering a portfolio of artwork which is being held by a family member.

Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top

Client, a filmmaker, working on a documentary about Islamic Fundamentalism in Pakistan seeks assistance defending a lawsuit brought by his co-producer. The case was filed in New Jersey.

14201 - On Review
Client, a singer, seeks legal assistance as a defendant in a trademark litigation at United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Plaintiff claims that the registration was procured through misrepresentation and he is the lawful owner of the trademark.

14151 - On Review
Client is a music producer seeking payment of an outstanding balance for his work and an injunction against the use of a particular song.

14218 - On Review
Client is a performer seeking legal representation for a lawsuit that has been brought against him for breach of contract and defamation.

Employment - Back to Top

14254 - On Review
*** Client is a fashion stylist that has been called for a hearing with the NY Department of Labor due to a claim from a previous assistant for unemployment benefits. Client has not been paying unemployment insurance or worker's compensation because she hires assistants on a project basis and believes they are independent contractors.

Immigration - Back to Top

Client, a Venezuelan actor, seeks legal assistance applying for an O-1 visa.

Client, a performance artist, on OPT seeks assistance filing an O-1 visa application.

Client, an actor, seeks legal assistance with an O-1 visa application.

Client, a dancer/singer/actress who is in the United States on a J-1 visa, seeks legal assistance with an O-1 visa application.

Client, an Argentinean actress working in the United States, seeks legal assistance obtaining an O-1 Visa.

Client is a singer and actress seeking to apply for an O-1 visa.

Mediation - Back to Top

14164 - On Review
Client seeks mediation in a dispute regarding the operation of an art gallery she opened with her partner in 2010. The parties seek mediation to discuss the terms of their working relationship, and to settle a dispute regarding access to the gallery's financial information. ***Open to attorneys who have attended VLA's MediateArt Training program

Non-Profit - Back to Top

Client, a non-profit dance organization, seeks an attorney to help re-apply for tax exempt status after its tax exempt status was revoked.

14041 - On Review
Client, a group devoted to developing public interest in traditional folklore and customs of immigrant communities, seeks legal assistance registering as a not-for-profit corporation and obtaining tax-exempt status federally and in New York.

Client, whose programs give children access to media technology to foster their creativity, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to incorporate as a non-profit.

Client, a non-profit cultural organization, seeks assistance amending its by-laws.

Patent - Back to Top

Client seeks legal assistance obtaining a patent for a jewelry design technique.

*** Client invented a device that quickly bends wood and seeks a patent attorney to assess the patentability of the invention, and apply for a utility patent if applicable. Client disclosed his invention at a conference and published the invention on his website in October 2013.

Client invented a beach object and seeks legal assistance assessing the patentability of the invention and applying for a utility or design patent, if applicable.

Client, inventor of a new type of planting device, seeks assistance with filing a patent application for her invention.

14154 - On Review
Client is a furniture designer who has created a new set of furniture. Client seeks the pro bono assistance of a volunteer attorney to prepare and file a design patent application for her furniture.

Client, the inventor of a multi- functional lighting device, seeks the assistance applying for a non-provisional utility patent. Client has already filed a provisional patent for the device.

14120 - On Review
Client is the inventor of an electronic musical. Client seeks the assistance of a patent attorney for applying for a patent for his invention.

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant - Back to Top

*** Client is a painter who has worked out of his rent-stabilized loft apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1984. The building’s new owners are planning to renovate and have asked Client to vacate and consider alternative accommodations. Client is seeking a real estate attorney to assist him with negotiating with the landlords for proper accommodations.

13762 - On Review
Client is a not-for- profit foundation that owns a landmark building structure, and seeks legal assistance obtaining compensation for damage caused to the structure by Adverse Party.

Trademark - Back to Top

Client is jeweler seeking legal assistance to register the trademark for his business' logo.

14257 - On Review
*** Client seeks assistance registering a trademark used in connection with marketing materials and apparel.

14169 - On Review
Client, the creator of a mobile application, seeks a volunteer attorney to defend himself and his company against a trademark infringement suit.

Client is a nonprofit organization seeking legal assistance enforcing its right to a trademark against a party who is using a confusingly similar name.

14243 - On Review
*** Client, the estate of a New York-based graffiti artist who recently passed away, seeks an attorney to assist in the enforcement of the artist trademark rights.