Death Master Files

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The Clock Is Ticking: Consider the Delaware Voluntary Disclosure Program Before It Sunsets

The deadline is quickly approaching for participation in the Delaware Secretary of State's Unclaimed Property Voluntary Disclosure Program. Businesses have until June 30, 2014, to enroll in the program, and another year to...more

Life Insurance Unclaimed Property Litigation in 2014: Will Regulator Positions Withstand Judicial Scrutiny

Amidst ongoing multistate unclaimed property audits of many life insurers, and despite many regulatory settlements, the insurance industry and state regulators continue to disagree over the application of unclaimed property...more

Unclaimed Property Round Up

The battle over unclaimed property continues to spawn increased litigation and regulatory activity. Litigation Highlights - In December 2013, a West Virginia court dismissed 63 lawsuits brought by the Treasurer...more

Access to Recent DMF Data Restricted to Certified Persons Starting Today

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service (NTIS) put into effect a certification program required for any person or entity seeking to access information during the three-year period...more

Department Of Commerce Seeks Public Comment On Certification Program For Death Master File Access

In response to privacy-related concerns about the potential misuse of the Social Security Administration's Death Master File (DMF), Congress restricted access to the DMF in late 2013. Section 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act...more

West Virginia Trial Court: No Duty to Search the Death Master File

In a substantial victory for the life insurance industry on the unclaimed property issue, a West Virginia Circuit Court has held that insurers have no duty to search the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File...more

Recent Court Decisions Concerning Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Can Assist Insurers in Defending Regulatory Audits and Future...

Perhaps the most significant litigation, regulatory and compliance issues facing life insurance companies can be found in the unclaimed property audits, multi-state regulatory settlements and class action lawsuits surrounding...more

Legal Alert: California Controller’s Handbook Requires Insurers to Perform Quarterly DMF Searches

In a recently released update to its Unclaimed Property Holder Handbook (Handbook), the California State Controller’s Office has apparently taken the position that life insurers must search the Social Security Death Master...more

Legal Alert: Senate Finance Committee Hears Testimony on Proposal to Limit Access to Death Master File

On April 16, 2013, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on “Tax Fraud and Tax ID Theft: Moving Forward With Solutions,” including testimony on proposals to restrict access to the Social Security Administration’s Death...more

Legal Alert: Administration Proposes To Limit Access to Death Master File

Over the past two years, states have undertaken various initiatives – including audits, exams, regulations, and legislation – intended to require insurers to compare their life insurance policy records with the record of...more

Legal Alert: Constitutional Challenge to Kentucky's Death Master File Statute Rejected

A Kentucky state trial court has rejected a challenge to a state statute requiring life insurers to search the Social Security Administration Death Master File (DMF) and attempt to locate potential beneficiaries, holding that...more

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