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Justices side with Tom Hanks & wife in lawsuit

BOISE -- The Idaho Supreme Court says Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson can take the contractor of their high-end Sun Valley home back to arbitration over claims of shoddy workmanship

BOISE -- The Idaho Supreme Court says Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson can take the contractor of their high-end Sun Valley home back to arbitration over claims of shoddy workmanship

The unanimous high court ruling handed down Wednesday came in a nine-year battle between the couple and Storey Construction, the company they hired to build their sprawling villa in 2000.

Hanks and Wilson said they'd discovered defects in the construction that weren't immediately obvious and asked for arbitration of their claims.

Storey Construction said that since they had already gone to arbitration once, any additional claims were barred. A lower court agreed.

But the Idaho Supreme Court reversed the ruling, agreeing with Hanks and Wilson that the contract between the parties didn't prohibit additional arbitration over newly discovered defects.