Hancock Can't Dodge Ex-JV Partner's Mine Ownership Claims

Law360, New York (July 2, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT) -- The Supreme Court of Western Australia on Tuesday refused to toss a suit lodged at Australian billionaire-backed Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd. by its former joint venture partner over ownership rights to three mines that are now being developed by Rio Tinto PLC.

Judge Rene Lucien Le Miere declined a motion for summary judgment by Hancock Prospecting — which is owned by Australia's richest woman, Gina Rinehart — and one of its affiliates, saying that more arguments and evidence must be heard at trial to determine whether...
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