by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Government of Guam has objections to the proposed class definition in the ongoing tax refund lawsuit in the District Court. Jeffrey and Rea Paeste and Sharon Zapanta filed a class action lawsuit against the government for the payment of tax refunds. They've asked that the court certify the class, or the group of individuals who the lawsuit would cover.
The government however contends that the designation of individuals proposed by the plaintiffs is too broad and that there is a conflict within the class since it includes taxpayers who benefit from the Expedited Refund Program. The plaintiffs responded to the objections stating that every taxpayer who submits a claim for a refund shares an interest in having his or her claim fully administered in a timely and equitable manner.
The court meanwhile has yet to set a trial date for the case.