by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Governor's Office has filed a notice of appeal as they disagree with District Court Judge Consuelo Marshall's award of legal fees in the class action tax refund lawsuit. As we reported, the government was ordered to pay more than $1 million to attorneys and legal professionals.
More than $734,000 was awarded to the Lujan, Aguigui and Perez law firm on Guam while another $963,000 was ordered to be paid to the Girard Gibbs law firm.
The plaintiffs had requested $2.2 million, but it was vehemently opposed by the government, claiming it was excessive.
As we reported Jeffrey and Rea Paeste and Sharon Zapanta filed the lawsuit against the government. As a result the District Court imposed a permanent injunction and ordered the government to pay tax refunds within six months from the time they are filed.