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Garden Of Good & Evil: Fan’s Suit Against MSG Moves Forward
Published January 5, 2005
Injured Hockey Fan’s Lawsuit
Against MSG To Move Forward
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Saralee Evans has refused to dismiss an $11M suit against MSG by Gyongyi Tokolyi, who was hit in the face by a puck during a Rangers game in ’02, according to Helen Peterson of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Tokolyi, who was sitting in the seventh row, broke her nose in three places, fractured facial bones under her eye and got a cut on her face that required 15 stitches. Lawyers for MSG argued that it cannot be held responsible for protecting fans, “especially since appellate courts have thrown out similar lawsuits filed in the past.” But Evans “deemed the Tokolyi case different because the victim was sitting behind a protective barrier and had not left her seat behind the goal” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/5). While Evans allowed the suit to go forward against MSG, she “tossed out the claims against the NHL and Rangers” (N.Y. POST, 1/5).