H.F. Ahmanson & Co. Monday denied allegations by Great Western Financial Corp. that double-counting had skewed a referendum on when to hold Great Western's annual shareholder meeting.

Ahmanson of Irwindale, Calif., which is pressing a hostile takeover bid for Great Western, acknowledged that double-counting occurred. But it contended the independent counter of the votes was aware of the discrepancy and excluded votes representing 1.4 million shares from the final tally.

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