Federal Judge Grants Petition To Intervene Filed by Ansell.Law on Behalf of Belmar Residents in Verizon Cell Tower Litigation

In a victory for residents of Belmar, New Jersey, who oppose the placement of cell towers along their seaside boardwalk, a federal judge recently granted a petition to intervene filed by Ansell.Law partner Anthony J. D’Artiglio and associate Layne A. Feldman that will allow them to join a lawsuit filed by Verizon Wireless against Monmouth County.

In this hotly contested and closely watched matter, Ansell.Law represents “Belmar Against 5G Towers,” a coalition of local residents who claim that Verizon’s proposed wireless towers along the borough’s boardwalk would “harm the aesthetic quality of their neighborhood, the local environment and, potentially, their property values,” according to an article about the case in Law360.

Verizon sued Monmouth County and its Board of Commissioners when they rejected its request to build the towers, claiming the denial was not supported by substantial evidence and breached an agreement between Verizon and Monmouth regarding placement of the towers within public right of ways controlled by the County. With the approval of the petition to intervene filed by D’Artiglio and Feldman, Belmar residents can now assert their own arguments and objections alongside those of Monmouth County to challenge the approval process advanced by Verizon.

D’Artiglio’s practice encompasses complex litigation, bankruptcy, controlled substances and regulatory law, and labor and employment. Feldman handles a diverse range of complex commercial and civil litigation matters.