Arts Cases Available for Placement

Updated April 9, 2018

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NON-PROFIT

N0679-1-5: CHANGE TO NON-PROFIT STRUCTURE

Client, a nonprofit organization, provides art training as a method of healing for refugees, victims of war, and returning military personnel. The founders wish to convert the current organization to a family foundation or other entity to continue their mission.

CONTRACTS

A2249-1-K: DRAFTING AND NEGOTIATION OF DISTRIBUTION CONTRACT

Client, a jewelry designer, is discussing a distribution/representation agreement with Adverse Party. The sale of her jewelry requires training and an expertise in styling. Client needs assistance in determining if a distribution agreement is the best structure and if so, a template Client can use to appoint further representatives/distributors. Client has registered copyright in some of her jewelry designs and has filed trademark registrations for 2 of her "lines".

A2533-1-K: DRAFTING STANDARDIZED LOCATION AND TALENT RELEASE FORMS

Client has a degree in film and music and would like to pursue a filmmaking career. Client found several standardized location and talent release forms online but needs an attorney to revise them.

PRE-LITIGATION/LITIGATION

A1864-1-L: INSURANCE CLAIM / BREACH OF CONTRACT

Client and partner are painters. Client created and shipped several commissioned works via Adverse Party. Client purchased shipping insurance on package through AP. During transit, the packaging was destroyed along with the protective material inside. Due to this damage, one of the pieces sustained irreparable damage. AP is refusing to pay claim. Client has a copy of the insurance contract and pictures of the damage. Client seeks to recover costs from the insurance. Client filed a claim in late October with store manager of the shipper, but there has been no response to date.

A2317-1-L: ARTIST NEEDS ASSISTANCE AGAINST ORGANIZATION IMPEDING HER PROJECT

Client is a multi-disciplinary artist who is conducting a research-based oral history project. Adverse Party is a non-profit arts organization that referenced her name and work without her permission. Previous attorney communicated with the board, and the board removed these references but stated AP would still continue its work in the communities Client was working with. Client believes this will adversely affect her continued project and relationships and wants an attorney to force AP to stop.

A1160-3-L: ENFORCEMENT OF JUDGMENT

Client is a musician and former member of a musical group. Client won judgment against the former group on a trademark issue. Adverse Party was ordered to pay Client for use of the mark during performances. AP has refused to pay. Client needs an attorney to enforce the judgment.

A2491-1-L: PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY FILING/PENDING ACTION FOR FAILURE TO PAY DEBT

Client, who has been an improv actor for 5 years, seeks an attorney to advise Client on filing for personal bankruptcy.

A2422-1-L: CHILD CUSTODY ISSUE

Client, a veteran and grief  poet who uses his art to deal with his own grief wants to regain custody of his child who was removed by DFCS. Client agreed to temporary custody being granted to his sister on the understanding the sister would remain in Client's home with the child. Client's sister removed the child to her home in Ohio.  Client has filed a motion withdrawing consent and requesting return of the child. Next hearing is April 26.

N0631-3-L: NON-PROFIT DISPUTES BASIS OF LEASE TERMINATION

Client entered commercial lease agreement. Years later, Adverse Party purchased property, and lease transferred to AP with no significant changes. A fire in the area damaged another of AP's property but not Client's building. AP terminated Client's lease with 11 years remaining. Upon Client's request for formal basis, AP cited breach of lease for failure to maintain building and keep it up to code. Client never received any notice they were not in compliance and claims that clause was never enforced. Client wants clarification and agreement on termination basis as well as compensation for financial value of the remainder of the lease.

A2527-1-L: RECOVERY OF PROPERTY

Client, an audio engineer and bass player, found a studio that he was excited to use as a base for his business.  Client discovered that the studio was behind on its rent and offered to work for the studio as its audio engineer, website designer, and ad creator, in exchange for using and becoming a partner in the studio. Client gave the owners money to help cover the outstanding rent. Subsequently, Client earned additional money for the studio and asked for an agreement in writing.  The owners refused and have denied Client access to his equipment located in the studio. Client made a number of unsuccessful attempts to resolve the issue with the owners. Client wants his equipment returned and to be compensated for loss of income.

MISCELLANEOUS

N0660-3-M: ADVICE ON OPERATIONS AND ASSETS
Client, who has run a public access network for over 30 years and provides various programs to the community has lost its network franchise. The Client is uncertain as to who originally formed the non-profit. A government body was, by contract, to appoint a number of directors to the board, but failed to do so for over 3 years. Those positions are vacant. Client seeks advice on ownership of assets and ability to continue with its other operations.

 

NO660-2-M:  REVIEW OF BID PROCESS

Client, a non-profit, that has for 31 years run a public access network, seeks review of the bidding process and award of the network to a third party. Three parties applied when the RFP was issued, two of whom were not qualified. The RFP was "cancelled" and another RFP was issued. An inexperienced third party was the successful bidder. Client seeks a review of the bidding process and a re-bidding of the station franchise.

A2504-1-L: ARTIST NEEDS ASSISTANCE RECOVERING SCULPTURE

Client is a chainsaw artist who learned this art form while performing cleanup for Hurricane Charlie and has evolved it into a more elegant style through lessons. Client often donates his work. In a handshake agreement with the AP (witness present), Client agreed to donate his skills and carve a 16 ft. bear sculpture for a park out of one of the oldest oak trees in the county (tree remained standing). As part of the agreement, Client retained ownership. Two years ago, AP ordered the sculpture removed under the unproven guise that it was unsafe. The removal caused much damage to the carving. The carving was then improperly stored in a parking lot for 2 years and park ignored Client's requests to reclaim it. AP now plans on modifying and displaying the sculpture. Client needs an attorney to file for a declaratory judgment as to the ownership of the sculpture.