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Woodstock organizers plan to roll on after win in state supreme court

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WBNG) — Organizers for the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock celebration in Watkins Glen are celebrating after a state supreme court judge sided with them in their bid for a restraining order against a company that pulled its involvement in the event.

The order, filed in New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday, grants a restraining order against Dentsu Aegis Network and Amplifi Live, which was petitioned for by Woodstock 50. It prohibits Dentsu Aegis Network and Amplifi Live from communicating about the festival with media, performers, vendors, or local officials.

Dentsu Aegis Network retracted its role in the preparations for the Woodstock 50 celebration planned for August 16-18 at Watkins Glen International.

Dentsu had announced on April 29 that Woodstock 50 was canceled, but festival organizer Michael Lang stated that the company had no right to announce the cancellation to media and local officials. Lang also went so far as to claim that Dentsu was contacting performers slated to perform at the festival to persuade them to also pull out of their performances.

In his order, Judge Barry Ostrager granted Woodstock 50’s request for a restraining order, but did not grant Woodstock’s request to have Dentsu return nearly $18 million in allegedly misappropriated funds.

In a statement to 12 News, Woodstock 50 organizer Michael Lang said, “We have always relied on the truth and have never lost faith that the festival would take place. I would like to thank all of the talent and their representatives for their patience and support. Woodstock 50 will be an amazing and inspiring festival experience.”

Dentsu Aegis Network and Amplifi Live did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

David Hermanovitch

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