26 Sep 2002

American Samoa cannery loses land case

10:44 am on 26 September 2002

The High Court of American Samoa has ruled in favour of the owners of the Satala property on which the Star Kist cannery is located.

The Sunni Groves family filed a suit earlier in the year accusing the cannery of expanded their land boundaries without consent and refusing to pay an increase in lease payments.

In an 18-page ruling the High Court said that the Sunni Groves family is entitled to posession of the property and can evict the tenant Star Kist Samoa, which is the biggest employer in the territory.

The cannery is petitioning the court for a stay on the ruling.