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Case List
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Updated as of Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 4:06 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
Employment
Immigration
Mediation
Non-Profit
Patent
Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant
Trademark
Wills, Trusts or Estates


Contract - Back to Top

Film
14772
Client, an independent filmmaker, seeks assistance in drafting a contract to present to a party that will provide funding for her documentary.

Film/TV
14864 - On Review
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks assistance clarifying ownership rights to film footage pursuant to a settlement agreement. Client also seeks representation to reach out to his former partner if he needs to include the partner in a new venture based on the film that was the subject of the settlement agreement.

14785 - On Review
Client, the creator of a television series, seeks an attorney to review and negotiate a collaboration agreement presented to him by his creative partners.

Literary
14906 - On Review
Client, an author, seeks legal assistance drafting a release agreement for her second book.

Theater
14919 - On Review
*** Client, an arts and educational non-profit organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to revise or redraft a sponsorship agreement.

Visual
14881
*** Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to redraft various agreements concerning a traveling exhibition of artists and their digital artwork.


Contract/Copyright - Back to Top

Mixed
14817
Client, the creator of a mobile app, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to renegotiate licensing agreements of songs used in the app for their use in a new medium.

Music
14886 - On Review
Client, a songwriter and music producer, seeks assistance drafting a letter to record companies that currently sell an album he produced, for which he is not receiving royalties.

14821 - On Review
Client, a drummer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover royalty payments and obtain writing credits for songs to which he contributed.

Theater
14874 - On Review
Client, a musical theatre writer, seeks assistance to negotiate with an independent contractor and draft an agreement to supplement an existing work-for-hire agreement.

Visual
14783
Client, a graphic designer, seeks assistance recovering design fees for services and original artwork rendered to a former client.


Copyright - Back to Top

Film
14698 - On Review
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
14916 - On Review
*** Client, a painter, seeks assistance pursuing a claim for damages from the destruction of his mural painted in the lobby of a Manhattan skyscraper.

14683
*** Client, a fine art collage artist seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a copyright infringement claim.


Corporate - Back to Top

Mixed
14852 - On Review
Client, an organization that aims to educate children on opera and classical music, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist with LLC formation.

Music
14742 - On Review
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
14894 - On Review
Client, a ceramic artist, seeks assistance forming an LLC in New York.

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
14882
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.

14648 - On Review
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.

Literary
14766 - On Review
Client, a literary consulting company, seeks assistance recovering administrative access to a website, which is currently controlled by the company's former web developer.

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
14914
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.

14823 - On Review
Client, the creator of music education programming, seeks assistance pursuing a copyright infringement claim and a claim for a portion of profits from former business partners.

14730 - On Review
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.

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

Theater
14835 - On Review
Client, an organization that produces live opera performances, seeks assistance pursuing a breach of contract claim against a venue.

14752 - On Review
Client, a playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to defend her in a copyright infringement lawsuit.

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


Employment - Back to Top

Theater
14859
Client, a former Broadway guitarist, seeks assistance to assess and potentially challenge the administrative denial of his request for pension benefits.


Immigration - Back to Top

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

Mixed
14826
*** Client, an actor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file an O-1 visa.

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

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

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

Theater
14384
Client is a playwright and theatre 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.


Mediation - Back to Top

Visual
14908
*** Parties seek mediation to resolve a dispute regarding payment for design services and ownership rights over the designs. ***Open to those who have attended VLA's MediateArt Training.***


Non-Profit - Back to Top

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

14716
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.

Music
14796
Client, an organization that presents orchestral concerts and educational workshops, seeks assistance with incorporating as a not- for-profit in New York state and applying for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.

14762 - On Review
Client, a creator of educational children's television programming, seeks an attorney to assist in incorporating as a non-profit organization and applying for tax-exempt status.

Theater
14891 - On Review
Client, an opera company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC. Client would like to subsequently form a not-for-profit organization and apply for tax-exempt status.

14849 - On Review
Client, a not-for- profit organization that promotes education of artists, seeks assistance redrafting bylaws and replacing board members.

14833
Client, a theatre group dedicated to advancing performance arts, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to incorporate as a not-for-profit and file for tax exempt status.

14782
Client, a performing arts center, seeks assistance with incorporating as a not-for-profit in New York and applying for 501(c)(3) status.

Visual
14793
Visual arts organization seeks assistance with incorporating as a not-for-profit in New York state and applying for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.


Patent - Back to Top

Fashion
14838
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the patentability of his invention and to file a patent for an invention related to apparel.

14829
Client, a fashion designer, wishes to patent a functional item of clothing.

14747
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a utility patent for a unique t-shirt.

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

Mixed
14901
*** Client seeks a volunteer attorney to assist with securing patent protection for a process that creates a new type of eco-friendly building material.

14898
Client, a musician, developed a hand-held device for guitar players and seeks assistance filing a utility patent for the invention.

14887
Client, a mechanical engineer, seeks assistance filing a 12 month accelerated examination of a utility patent for a mechanical device.

14884
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.

14866
Client, a personal trainer, seeks assistance filing a patent for a fitness training system.

14843
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a patent for a gaming system.

14827
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a play center for toddlers and applying for a patent if appropriate.

14822
Client seeks a volunteer attorney to assist with securing provisional patent protection for an automobile accessory.

14788
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a rodent-resistant lawn accessory and filing a non-provisional patent application.

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.

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

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

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.

Visual
14815
Client, an inventor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a patent application for a telecommunications-based medical alert system.

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

Literary
14869 - On Review
Client, a not-for-profit literary organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to cancel its current lease and negotiate the acquisition of the currently leased property.

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 - Back to Top

Dance
14773 - On Review
Client, a not-for-profit dance company, seeks assistance with a cease and desist for trademark infringement.

Fashion
14911 - On Review
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.

Literary
14854 - On Review
Client, the author and illustrator of a children’s book series, seeks assistance to secure trademark protection and receive further advice regarding trade dress protection.

Mixed
14879 - On Review
Client, an interior designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register her logo as a trademark.

Music
14905
Client, a musician, seeks assistance filing a federal trademark application for his stage name.


Wills, Trusts or Estates - Back to Top

Theater
14781
Client, a hair design supervisor for Broadway productions, resides in New Jersey and seeks assistance with estate planning and drafting a last will and testament.

Visual
14902
Client, the director of an arts organization, seeks assistance with estate planning and drafting a will.

14800
Client, a visual artist, seeks assistance changing a beneficiary in his 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.