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Court refuses to rehear businessmen's defamation case

GULFPORT — The state Court of Appeals has declined to take a second look at its May ruling that a Gulf Coast television station did not defame two businessmen.

Gerald “Heath” Hudson of Moss Point and his father, Arthur “Gerald” Hudson of Lucedale, sued WLOX-TV in 2006 in Harrison County Circuit Court.

A Harrison County jury in 2009 ruled for WLOX. The Appeals Court declined to hear any more appeals in the case.

The Hudsons, co-owners of H&H Construction Co., had claimed their reputation was damaged by a news story aired on June 21, 2006, and in a follow-up on June 26, 2006. The news stories involved dispute between the Hudsons and a property owner who had hired the Hudsons to build his home in 2005.

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