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Idaho high court declines to rehear Hanks case

The Associated Press, Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 1:34pm (PST)
  • KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its ruling in a lawsuit pitting an Idaho contractor against Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

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    The Idaho Mountain Express reports the high court said last week its October ruling in favor of the acting and producing couple will stand.

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    The long-running dispute began after Hanks and Wilson hired Storey Construction to build their high-end villa in Ketchum. Both sides went into arbitration to settle disputes over payment and construction defect claims.

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    Three years later, the couple sought a second arbitration, saying they'd found latent construction defects. The company said those matters had been settled in the first arbitration.

    The Idaho Supreme Court ruled last year that a second arbitration was allowable under the contract.

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