Lim Ruger Successfully Closes Multiple Construction Loans For Major Automaker

Lim Ruger has successfully closed multiple construction loans on behalf of the U.S. financing arm of global automaker.  The client made loans in an aggregate amount exceeding $30 million to two borrowers for the construction of auto dealerships in Northern California.  The Lim Ruger team consisted of Sandy Sakamoto and Paul Kim.

Lim Ruger Trial Team Stomps Forger, Defeats $21.6 Million Claim

Representing a large international food products company, the Lim Ruger trial team of partners Lisa Yang and Bryan Sheldon defeated a $21.6 million claim and obtained an award of $448,000 on the client’s cross-claim.  The client had successfully purchased some coffee and creamer products through a Los Angeles based supplier and had ordered additional instant coffee through the supplier.  When the firm’s client rejected the instant coffee offered by the supplier due to poor quality, the supplier sued to enforce the contract and claimed that the firm’s client had also entered into several other multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts for coffee and creamer products.  The Lim Ruger team proved that numerous “contracts” relied on by the plaintiff were forged, including one that purportedly gave plaintiff the right to use the famous “Juan Valdez” Colombian Coffee logo.  Witnesses from Asia, Mexico, Colombia and both coasts of the US were called to testify in three different languages. The Lim Ruger team put on experts on questioned documents and computer forensics, who used ink analysis and metadata from emails and attachments prove that the signatures on the subject contracts were not transmitted as plaintiff claimed.  After a two week binding arbitration trial, the arbitrator found entirely for the firm’s client.  The arbitrator ruled that the instant coffee was properly rejected for poor quality.  He acknowledged the proven forgeries and found that other alleged contracts in suit were not valid or enforceable against Lim Ruger’s client.  The arbitrator also awarded the full amount of the client’s cross-complaint for a refund of money paid for creamer products that were never shipped.

John Lim Featured In UC Hastings Magazine

John Lim is featured in the spring issue of the UC Hastings Magazine titled “Toward Justice for All.”  In his interview, John spoke about how his experiences as Asian American immigrant have helped to shape Lim, Ruger & Kim, a multiethnic, multicultural law firm.  John also commented, “I believe diversity is our society’s greatest strength, and I think immigrants are the very cornerstones of that diversity.”  John received his J.D. from UC Hastings in 1982 and is currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the UC Hastings Foundation.

Sophia M. Chang, New Associate

Sophia Mei-ling Chang recently joined Lim Ruger as an associate in the transactional group, focusing her practice on corporate and commercial transactions.  Prior to joining Lim Ruger, Sophia served as an inaugural law clerk to the Hon. Dolly M. Gee of the Central District of California, the first Chinese American woman to serve as an Article III judge.  She also previously practiced as an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group at Jones Day.

In Memoriam: Sam Oh

Lim Ruger mourns the loss of our colleague, partner and friend, Sam Oh.  Sam passed away on April 7, 2013 after a brief but valiant fight against an insidious cancer.  Sam was just 49 years old, and is survived by his wife Helen, and their children Sarah, Lisa and Andrew.  Sam left us too soon and will be sorely missed.

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