Los Angeles – June 23, 2011
In an action to determine responsibility for soil and groundwater contamination, Lim Ruger won a $1.375 million judgment against a multinational missile component manufacturer after a federal court trial. Lim Ruger’s client, a developer of lifestyle shopping centers, sued previous owners of the land for environmental contamination. The court ruled that the manufacturer was liable under the Superfund statute for its activities at the property during the 1950s and 1960s. The decision is one of the first in the country to apply an amendment to the law designed to encourage developers to purchase and clean up contaminated properties without incurring liability as landowners. In an earlier phase of the same case, Lim Ruger obtained a settlement agreement from another defendant to spend millions of dollars to completely remediate the site. The lead attorney in trial was Lim Ruger litigator Bruce Iwasaki, working with co-counsel from Cox, Castle & Nicholson. Lim Ruger transactional lawyers John Lim and Marc Manason handled investigation, acquisition and financing.