Supreme Court Denies GovGuam Tax Refund Appeal


GovGuam’s payment of $2 million in legal fees to the prevailing party will stand.

Guam – The US Supreme Court refused to hear GovGuam’s appeal of the tax refund lawsuit and now a payment of nearly $2 million in legal fees will stand.


The case stems from a 2011 class action lawsuit that mandated GovGuam pay tax refunds within six months of the filing deadline.

GovGuam fought the District Court decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and was denied twice.

They then took it up to the Supreme Court, arguing that as a federal instrumentality created through an act of Congress, they is subject to federal immunity and therefore cannot be held liable for legal fees.

GovGuam’s petition was denied today in the US Supreme Court.