“I don’t want to hear any testimony about how important it is to the world to have Woodstock 50,” Justice Barry R. Ostrager said. “This is a contractual dispute.”
The fate of Woodstock 50 won’t be known until tomorrow, after the judge in the case pushed the hearing into a second day.
A former attorney for President Donald Trump, Marc Kasowitz went head-to-head with Dentsu’s Marc Greenwald in a New York Supreme Court hearing Monday (May 13), seeking an emergency injunction to force Dentsu to redeposit the $18 million it withdrew from festival bank account, claiming the funds were necessary for the anniversary festival to go ahead as planned.
As the proceedings began on a rainy Manhattan afternoon, it quickly became clear that if a resolution were to be reached at all, it would not be in a timely fashion. After Kasowitz spent the first part of the hearing going through the agreement clause by clause, expounding upon the historical and sentimental importance of the event, Justice Barry R. Ostrager interjected, saying, “I thought I was going to hear testimony about whether the plaintiff breached the contract, or if the defendants breached the contract, and I think that’s what we should be doing."