WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ordered several of its state counterparts to review tax refund cases that could cost the states involved hundreds of millions of dollars.

Closing out its 1990-1991 term, the court ordered the supreme courts of Virginia and South Carolina to reexamine whether those states must pay tax refunds to federal retirees. The court also ordered the Minnesota Supreme Court to take another look at whether that state must refund a discriminatory tax on bank holdings of U.S. government securities.

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