Idaho couple and Sun Valley in Twitter tussle

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A central Idaho couple is suing the Sun Valley Co. and the Twitter Inc. social media site, asking a judge to bar the resort from using the handle "SunValley."

Leonard Barshack and Erin Smith, the husband and wife, also say Twitter should return the username to them because they'd been using it for nearly three years and weren't impersonating the Idaho resort.

The Idaho Mountain Express (http://tinyurl.com/msanabo ) reports the resort sought to use the name in October. That's when Twitter sent Barshack an email, saying he was breaking Twitter's rules.

But Barshack contends he never impersonated Sun Valley and only periodically sent tweets since registering for the handle around April 2010.

Sun Valley's spokesman and Twitter didn't respond to requests for comment.

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Information from: Idaho Mountain Express, http://www.mtexpress.com

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