A former national representative boxer has filed a lawsuit against the American Samoa government for restricting his right to freedom of religion.
Siaosi Tanoa filed the complaint in the High Court seeking $US1 million in compensation due to the government's Covid-19 restrictions.
Mr Tanoa's lawsuit is the third one pending in court challenging provisions of the governor's declarations.
According to the complaint, Tanoa wished to attend an early morning prayer-meeting at his church but the governor's declarations only allowed public gatherings between 5am and 9pm daily.
He said the meeting had been a routine church event since 2017.
He argued that the restrictions were made despite there being no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the territory.
The other two pending lawsuits are seeking $US4 million each in punitive damages.