by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Government of Guam has until the end of January to conduct a search of e-mail messages sent to and from Department of Revenue & Taxation and Governor's Office personnel. The search was requested in Jeffrey and Rea Paeste and Sharon Zapanta's class action lawsuit filed against the Government of Guam in their pursuit of tax refunds.
The plaintiffs are seeking copies of emails as they allege some taxpayers received preferential treatment in getting their refunds expedited. According to a stipulation, GovGuam has agreed to search all e-mail and attachments of DRT employees and Governor's Office staffers.
The documents must be submitted no later than February 14. The judge will also hear motions to certify the class and dismiss on January 24.