For Immediate Release
October 4, 2017
Phoenix, AZ: After making several false statements to the media regarding the financial well-being of the supermarket located in the Chinese Cultural Center, Publicist Jason Rose has been sued by one of his victims. The attorney for Charlie Lai, the owner of Super L Ranch Market filed suit today in Maricopa County Superior Court (see attached).
In August of this year, the new owners of the Center, True North, evicted the grocery store, which had been located at the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center for many years. The lawsuit accuses Jason Rose, the publicist for True North, of repeatedly and falsely claiming in press releases and media interviews that the store had to file bankruptcy and was $100,000 behind in rent when it was evicted, when in fact the store had never filed bankruptcy and was fully current on its rent, and had been for many years.
The lawsuit says that Mr. Rose made the statements to make it look like the store was evicted because it was failing, but that in reality True North evicted the store because it wants to turn the center into its new headquarters. “These false statements about Mr. Lai's business have been carried in local and even international news stories, damaging the reputation of both Mr. Lai and his business," stated Jack Wilenchik, attorney for the store. The lawsuit claims the statements have caused the stores suppliers to refuse credit terms, and led customers to believe that the store will be closing down. The lawsuit asks for punitive damages against Mr. Rose and True North.
True North, the parent company of Realty Executives, is also being sued on one count which alleges that close to $500,000 worth of equipment was taken from the grocery store after it was evicted from its Chinese Cultural Center location in August of this year.
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