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Case List
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Updated as of Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 11:23 AM


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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. VLA meets with an artist before we will list a case 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

Contract
Contract/Copyright
Copyright
Corporate
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation
Immigration
Mediation
Non-Profit
Patent
Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant
Trademark


Contract - Back to Top

Film
14700
*** Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft work-for-hire agreements.

Theater
14709 - On Review
Client seeks assistance drafting a collaboration agreement for a musical.

Visual
14733
*** Client, a designer, seeks assistance drafting a non-disclosure agreement to present to potential manufacturers. Additionally, Client seeks review of a licensing agreement.

14713
*** Client, a product designer, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist in the negotiation of a licensing agreement.


Contract/Copyright - Back to Top

Music
14711
Client, a musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to terminate a distribution agreement and to collect outstanding royalty payment under that agreement.


Copyright - Back to Top

Fashion
14720
*** Client, a fashion designer, seeks assistance negotiating a licensing fee for use of another company’s images.

Film
14698
Client, a writer and producer, wrote a script for a promo of a documentary and assisted with the early production stages. She seeks an attorney to help her obtain credit for her work.

Visual
14692
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a copyright infringement claim for an advertisement.

14684
Client, a logo designer, seeks an attorney to assess a potential copyright infringement claim and to send a cease and desist letter, if appropriate.


Corporate - Back to Top

Theater
14708 - On Review
Client, a playwright and composer, seeks assistance creating an LLC.

Visual
14660
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a professional nail polish business as an LLC in New York and to draft the company’s operating agreement.


Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top

Fashion
14648
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
14710
Client, an actor, seeks to terminate an agreement with his talent agency and recover due payments.

Literary
14737 - On Review
*** Client, an author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recuperate money paid to a New York agent for editorial services rendered in regards to Client's manuscript.

Music
14696
Client seeks assistance recovering payments owed to him under a contract for sale of a concert recording.

14641
Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to defend her in a trademark infringement suit.

14638
Client seeks a volunteer attorney to defend him in a lawsuit for non-payment on a services contract.

14613
Client, an archivist of rock and roll history, seeks an attorney to defend him in a suit filed for copyright infringement and violation of the Anti-Bootlegging Act.

Photography
14723 - On Review
*** Client, a fashion photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a settlement for copyright infringement.

14584 - On Review
Client, a photographer, seeks assistance assessing a copyright infringement claim and pursuing litigation if applicable.

Theater
14672
Client, a theatre group, needs a volunteer attorney to assist in the recovery of prepaid rent and subsequent damages for a performance space that was not habitable.

Visual
14738 - On Review
*** Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce an agreement for reimbursement after a gallery lost her work.


Immigration - Back to Top

Film/TV
14505
Client, an independent film director and television producer, seeks assistance in applying for O-1 visa.

Mixed
14619
Client, a voice actress, seeks an attorney to assist with her O-1 visa renewal.

14437
Client is a performing artist seeking assistance applying for an O-1 visa.

Music
14706
Client is a singer who seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

14612
Client, a musician, seeks assistance from a volunteer attorney to file an O-1 visa.

Theater
14384
Client is a playwright and theater director seeking assistance in applying for permanent residence or, if that is not possible, an artist visa.

Visual
14603
Client is a visual artist seeking assistance applying for an O-1 visa or green card.

14582
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in preparing the necessary paperwork for an 0-1 Visa application.


Mediation - Back to Top

Music
14668
Parties seek mediation to establish a written agreement to formalize their relationship in a music production project. ***Open to those who have attended VLA's MediateArt Training.***

14667
Parties seek mediation to establish a written agreement to formalize their relationship in a music production project. ***Open to those who have attended VLA's MediateArt Training.***


Non-Profit - Back to Top

Theater
14732 - On Review
*** Client, a group that performs theater on podcasts, seeks assistance from a volunteer attorney to incorporate as a not-for- profit organization and apply for tax exempt status.


Patent - Back to Top

Fashion
14472
Client seeks assistance assessing the patentability and applying for a patent for a jewelry item.

Mixed
14712
*** Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a patent for a plush toy accessory.

14694
*** Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a utility patent for a specialty coffee grinder.

14688
Client seeks assistance in filing a utility patent for a new mechanism to improve the quality of soft furniture.

14645 - On Review
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a patent application on an invention for interior design.

14601 - On Review
Client seeks assistance in filing a utility patent for a new tool used for siding on a house.

14585
Client seeks assistance drafting a patent for a phone application and a non-disclosure agreement with a software developer.

14576
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a patent application for an invention that helps the user in personal grooming.

14550
Client seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a food preparation device and filing a provisional patent, if applicable.

14539
Client invented a seating/storage mechanism which is placed on a bicycle. Client seeks an attorney to assess the patentability of the invention and to file a utility patent application if appropriate.

14508
Client is an architect seeking assistance assessing the patentability of his architectural invention and applying for a patent if applicable.

14481
Client seeks assistance assessing patentability of an electronic device and filing a patent application if appropriate.

14449
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of an invention for a game and filing for a patent for the application, if applicable.

14425
Client seeks assistance assessing and filing a patent for a modified version of a test.

14396
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a mobile application and filing for a patent for the application, if applicable.

Music
14628
Client is a musician seeking legal assistance assessing the patentability of an improvement to a musical instrument device, and filing a patent if appropriate.

14580
Client seeks assistance filing for a patent for a luxury apparel accessory item.

14434
Client seeks assistance in determining patentability and applying for a patent, if possible, for a musical invention.

14362
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance filing a patent for a software music algorithm system and a hardware sensory device.

14260
Client is seeking assistance in gaining a patent for a music invention.

Patent
14249
Client, invented a detection device for use on mass transit and seeks assistance assessing its patentability and filing a patent application if possible.

Visual
14578
Client seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a scientific-testing tool, and for assistance applying for a patent, if applicable.

14484
Client seeks assistance with filing for a provisional patent for his gym related invention.

14452
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.

14429
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 - Back to Top

Visual
14677
Client, a New York-based non- profit organization, seeks attorney assistance negotiating a lease agreement for a gallery space.


Trademark - Back to Top

Fashion
14715 - On Review
*** Client, a fashion designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover a domain name that was registered by a third party.

Visual
14685 - On Review
Client, a housewares company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover a domain name that was purchased by a third party potentially in violation of the Anti Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.