H.F. Ahmanson & Co's three-and-a-half month battle to buy Great Western Financial Corp. could boil down to the outcome of a hearing today in Delaware Chancery Court.

Ahmanson will ask the Delaware Chancery Court to require Great Western to postpone its June 13 shareholder vote at 10 a.m. on its merger agreement with Washington Mutual for eight to 10 weeks. Great Western management signed an agreement with Washington Mutual as an alternative to Ahmanson's Feb. 18 hostile bid.

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