by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Government of Guam's motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit for tax refunds could be heard later this month or in November. Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Orcutt filed an agreement of hearing dates that were agreed upon by the government and the plaintiffs who are represented by local attorney Ignacio Aguigui and off-island counsel Daniel Girard.
Rea and Jeffrey Paeste along with Sharon Zapanta filed suit against the government, asking the District Court to order that tax refunds be paid. The government has moved to have the case thrown out arguing the court doesn't have jurisdiction and the case isn't ripe to be heard at this time.
The court has yet to schedule a hearing date on the government's motion to dismiss.
The Calvo Administration has argued that the class action lawsuit is one of the reasons why lawmakers should pass his $343 million bond proposal.