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Case List
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Updated as of Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 5:11 PM


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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.

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

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


Contract - Back to Top

Film
14759
*** Client, a not-for-profit production company, seeks assistance in drafting a fiscal sponsorship agreement for a documentary film.

14743 - On Review
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a licensing agreement that she may present to filmmakers whose films are screened at her film festival and a "Legal Notices/Disclaimers" provision for her website.

14674 - On Review
Client, a former employee of a film production company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to reclaim back wages from a film project for which she was not compensated.

Visual
14774
*** Client, a graphic designer, seeks assistance drafting a standard contract to present to future clients.

14754
*** Client, a visual artist and graphic designer, seeks assistance drafting contracts for a business start-up designing and selling limited edition gallery exhibition prints.


Contract/Copyright - Back to Top

Film
14768
*** Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an agreement acquiring the rights to a screenplay for a short film, as well as an agreement detailing the rights of an investor in the production of the short film.


Copyright - Back to Top

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.


Corporate - Back to Top

Music
14742
*** 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.

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

Visual
14660 - On Review
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
14720 - On Review
Client, a fashion designer, seeks assistance negotiating a licensing fee for use of another company’s images.

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
14755
*** 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
14730
*** Client, a composer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to retrieve a recording of his performance that he was entitled to under his contract.

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
*** Client, a fashion photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a settlement for copyright infringement.

Theater
14672 - On Review
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
14734 - On Review
Client, a New York-based street artist, seeks representation to vacate a judgment filed against him for defamation in New York State Supreme Court.

14692
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the likelihood of success of a copyright infringement claim for an advertisement.


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


Non-Profit - Back to Top

Mixed
14770
*** Client is a performance and multimedia not-for-profit organization seeking assistance reinstating its tax-exempt status and potentially becoming a member organization.

Visual
14736
Client, an organization dedicated to providing affordable studio space to artists in New York, seeks assistance incorporating in New York, applying for tax-exempt status, and drafting its governing documents.


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.

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 - On Review
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 - On Review
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
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.