Previously, Governor Eddie Calvo said they took the case up to the U.S. Supreme Court because it would bring some clarity to Guam’s sovereignty help define the island’s federal-territorial relationship with the U.S
Guam – The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a Gov Guam application to the us supreme court for a stay on a motion to pay millions of dollars in legal fees to the plaintiffs in the long-winded tax refund case.
U.S Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has denied Gov Guam’s application for a stay on payment of millions in legal fees. Shortly before Christmas, the governor’s office filed an emergency application for a stay pending certiorari or pending a higher court’s review of a lower court’s decision. Gov Guam initially filed the appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court on the basis that Guam cannot be held liable because they are essentially a federal instrumentality because of their political status and therefore is subject to federal immunity. The decision Gov Guam appealed is regarding the district court ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in the long-winded tax refund case and issued a permanent injunction and awarded them about $2 million in legal fees. The case dates back to 2011 when local residents filed a class action lawsuit in the district court of Guam for timely payments of their tax refunds. The governor’s office is being represented, pro-bono, by world-renowned law firm Kirkland and Ellis who also represent other territories. .