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The following is a current list LCA matters within the identified Categories.
To learn more about any of the matters on our Case List, please contact our Legal Director, Stacy Baygood Streur, at 312.837.3520, or email@example.com.
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|Case #||Legal Category||Arts Category||Client Type||Description|
|16-432||Commercial Litigation/ADR/Other Claims, Contracts||Other||Pro Bono||
Litigation Pending. Author filed a pro se complaint against her publisher for breach of contract and needs representation. Action is pending in the Law Division of the Circuit Court.
|16-584||Commercial Litigation/ADR/Other Claims, Copyright Infringement||Film/TV||Contingent Fee (PB Eligible)||
Litigation Pending. A screenwriter filed a pro se complaint, now pending in the Northern District of Illinois, for copyright infringement, breach of implied contract based on the submission of his idea, and deceptive trade practices. The defendants are major media entities. Client is hoping to secure representation on a contingent fee basis.
|16-634||Business Startup/Corporate, Copyright Protection/Licensing||Music||Pro Bono||
Start-up Help Music Publishing. A poet and songwriter recently started a music publishing company and needs start-up advice and help protecting his intellectual property.
|17-143||Other||Visual Art, Other||Pro Bono||
Litigation Evaluation. A talented street artist had a permit to perform on city streets, but recently the permit was revoked after the ordinance governing street performances was changed. Client's position raises 1st Amendment and other issues that appear colorable and needs representation to negotiate a change in the city's position.
|17-158||Contracts||Film/TV, Literature, Music, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Art||Pro Bono||
Collaboration Agreement. A poet needs a collaboration agreement with an illustrator for a book of poetry. He also needs legal advice regarding copyright registration.
|17-166||Contracts||Film/TV, Literature, Music, Theater||Pro Bono||
License for a Theatrical Performance. Client is a small NFP that preserves and shares the history of one of Chicago's greatest disasters. Recently, a theatrical performance about the event, nominated for multiple awards, was produced. Client has a verbal agreement with the writers to allow Client to license the production to other theaters around the country and internationally. Client needs help formalizing the agreement with the copyright holders and a template agreement for use with the theaters who will license the work.
|17-181||Commercial Litigation/ADR/Other Claims, Copyright Infringement||Literature||Pro Bono||
Publishing Contract Dispute. Author needs help terminating her publishing agreement based on breach of a written contract and evaluating potential claims against the publisher.
|17-183||Business Startup/Corporate, Contracts||Other||Pro Bono||
Start-up Help Glass-blowing Workshop. Clients plan to open a facility to teach glass-blowing; and to sell jewelry and pipes. They need legal advice regarding business structure and two contracts, one for workshop partipants and one for artist collaborators. They also need advice regarding local licensing requirements.
|17-184||Business Startup/Corporate, NFP Advice||Film/TV, Visual Art||Pro Bono||
Start-up Help Art Curator. Client needs legal advice regarding business structure. She runs an annual film festival and curates art events. She has run shows with video art as well as 2D and 3D art installations.
|17-191||Commercial Litigation/ADR/Other Claims||Visual Art||Pro Bono||
Litigation Evaluation. Client lost his studio in a foreclosure action and needs help evaluating whether there are any options for him at this time. He claims that he paid the loan balance off in full and that the mortgage lien should have been released; but he lost in the circuit court, and the appeallate court; then the Illinois Supreme Court declined the case.
|17-227b||Contracts||Visual Art, Other||Pro Bono||
Standard Contracts for a Visual Artist. A visual artist and designer, needs help drafting two standardized contracts for her services.
|17-228||Commercial Litigation/ADR/Other Claims, Employment||Theater||Pro Bono||
Employment Dispute. Client was hired as a director by a theatre company, but the company has not honored the contract, ostensibly for financial reasons unrelated to Client's performance. Client needs an attorney to evaluate her claim against the theatre and potentially represent her.
|17-251||Contracts||Visual Art||Pro Bono||
Standard Contract for a Graphic Designer. A graphic design artist who also provides photography services needs a form contract for use with her customers.
|17-266||Business Startup/Corporate||Other||Pro Bono||
Start-up Help Artist Management. Clients provide management services for artists and arts organizations in the African American community, including securing bookings and negotiating contracts. Clients need legal help with business structure.
|17-268||Business Startup/Corporate, Contracts||Music, Visual Art||Pro Bono||
Start-up Help Band Manager. A young band manager needs start-up advice and one contract for the two bands that he is managing.
Standard Rental Agreement. A successful 501(c)3 association of dance companies needs a standard contract to lease equipment it owns to dance companies.
Contract Review. An actor, and current college student, appeared in a student film two years ago; recently the writer/producer (now graduated) sent Client a release and asked that she sign it. Client needs counsel to review the release and advise.
|17-295||Commercial Litigation/ADR/Other Claims||Literature||Pro Bono||
Internet Dispute. A blogger who used a Creative Commons image with proper attribution received a cease and desist letter from at attorney in France alleging infringement and requesting payment. Client seeks legal help to review the documents and provide advice.
|17-302||Business Startup/Corporate, Contracts||Film/TV||Pro Bono||
Start-up Help Film-maker. Documentary script writer needs general legal advice regardin film-making and a contract for her videographer.
|17-311||Business Startup/Corporate, Contracts||Performance Art, Visual Art||Pro Bono||
Start-up Help Photographer. Client does photography, artist management and graphic design and needs startup advice and help with organizational structure. Client also needs one contract for her photography services and advice regarding trademark.