Companies fight over rights to Alaska gold claims in lawsuit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The former and current owners of an Alaska gold mine are involved in a lawsuit over who owns the rights to gold claims. The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Great American Minerals Exploration filed a lawsuit contesting gold claims that were part of a $260 million sale of the Pogo mine. Sumitomo Metal Mining America announced in August 2018 that it agreed to sell the underground mine in eastern Alaska to Northern Star Resources. Great American said it was unaware the deal included about 56 square miles of mining claims known as the Monte Cristo property.