United States v. Shell Oil Co., Civil No. 83-C-2379

B-235986: Jun 28, 1989

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The Environmental Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice requested a more detailed request explaining why post-judgement interest is not properly payable by the United States in the case of United States v. Shell Oil Co., Civil No. 83-C-2379.

GAO found that the decision of Library of Congress v. Shaw states that Congress must very specifically waive the United States sovereign immunity from paying interest on judgments. Further, GAO found that the Statute under which Shell Oil, Inc. had to pay post-judgment interest does not specifically waive the sovereign immunity of the United States from post-judgment interest.