NYC judge partially overturns MSG ban against law firm

A Manhattan judge partially overturned the Madison Square Garden ban against a law firm representing a hockey fan who hit a chump at the New York venue.

Manhattan Superior Court Justice Lyle Frank issued an interim order allowing the five attorneys for Greenberg Law PC to enter all MSG venues — except for the historic sports arena itself — until the judge later this month heard arguments in listen to the case.

As a result, attorney Alan Greenberg will attend a Jerry Seinfeld show at MSG’s Beacon Theater on December 17 — and attorney Joseph DePaola will be able to watch Sunday’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular with his wife and young children — on MSG’s own radio City Music Hall.

“We are pleased that Judge Frank recognized the value of our position,” DePaola told The Post on Friday.

An MSG spokesman told The Post: “This is not a new development and the lower court has only granted them the same relief as that [Davidoff Hutcher & Citron] firm – this is a close and temporary decision that we expect to win on appeal.”

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Now attorney Joseph DePaola can attend a Christmas show with his family on Sunday.
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Davidoff Hutcher & Citron filed a lawsuit against MSG in October challenging the ban on its 60 attorneys from attending MSG events. In that case, Judge Frank similarly allowed his attorneys to enter all MSG properties except for the eponymous stadium.

In a Thursday lawsuit, Greenberg Law alleged that MSG issued its attorneys a blanket ban from all MSG venues simply because the law firm is representing Joseph Urciuoli in a case against the arena.

On the same day that Greenberg Law filed Urciuoli’s case on November 28, the company was informed by an MSG attorney that they could no longer enter MSG’s properties. Greenberg and DePaola already had their tickets to the shows.

Urciuoli sued the venue last month after an allegedly drunk New York Rangers fan, James Anastasio, punched him and another man in June as Anastasio was leaving the stadium.

A video of the incident went viral.

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Attorney Alan Greenberg will now be able to attend a Jerry Seinfeld show at MSG’s Beacon Theater later this month.
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Urciuoli’s lawyer, Robert Menna, claimed in a statement to The Post that MSG’s security team looked on and “stand by” as Urciuoli tried to warn them about a “belligerent and violent” Anastasio.

Menna says Anastasio played long before he threw punches at Urciuoli and the other victim – while MSG security officers “stand idly by and watched”.

In September, Anastasio pleaded guilty to assault in a criminal proceeding and was sentenced to anger manager treatment.

Anastasio’s attorney, Jason Goldman, previously told The Post his client learned of the incident and called Urciuoli’s lawsuit “a last-ditch effort to snag money against the garden.”

This year, MSG has barred at least four firms — including the two law firms — from their facilities over ongoing legal battles.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/09/nyc-judge-partially-lifts-msg-ban-against-law-firm/ NYC judge partially overturns MSG ban against law firm

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