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What’s New in the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act?

The unclaimed property laws of most states are based in whole or in part on one of the multiple versions of the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act promulgated by the Uniform Law Commission. The Uniform Act was initially...more

Unclaimed Property Advisory: Delaware Secretary of State Assesses Impact of Temple-Inland on VDA Program

On Friday, August 26, 2016, Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock issued a statement to representatives of holders currently registered in the Delaware VDA program, with a direct opening message to recipients: In...more

Federal Court Decision Warns Delaware: Be Prepared to Defend Audit Practices in Court

The United States District Court for the District of Delaware dismissed a lawsuit against the Delaware State Escheator, Abandoned Property Audit Manager, and the Secretary of Finance, and Kelmar Associates, LLC, but it came...more

Settlement Reached in Temple-Inland; Delaware Internally Reviewing Unclaimed Property Audit Practices

The court case challenging Delaware’s unclaimed property audit methodologies has settled following an opinion brutalizing Delaware’s position. This settlement leaves the US District Court for the District of Delaware...more

Ten Things You Should Know About the 2016 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act

The 2016 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (2016 Act) was adopted unanimously by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in a 49-0 vote at its 2016 summer meeting. The adoption of the revised model law is a significant step forward for...more

Settlement in Temple-Inland After District Court Declared Delaware’s Estimation Methodology Unconstitutional

On August 5, 2016, plaintiff Temple-Inland Inc. and defendants Delaware Secretary of Finance, State Escheator and Abandoned Property Audit Manager filed a joint motion to dismiss with prejudice the...more

What Can Be Done With Returned or Uncashed Distribution Checks?

Question: I have seen various instances where receivers have requested that funds from returned or uncashed checks from a distribution be redistributed to other claimants or used to pay administrative fees or costs. Is this...more

Breaking News: Federal Court Finds Delaware’s Unclaimed Property Enforcement “Shocks the Conscience”

On June 28, 2016, the much-anticipated memorandum opinion of the US District Court for the District of Delaware in Temple-Inland, Inc. v. Cook et al., No. 14-654-GMS was released on the parties’ cross-motions for summary...more

Tables Turned: 21 States Tell Delaware to “Fork Over Our Unclaimed Property!"

The latest salvo in an ongoing battle against Delaware was fired on June 9, when 21 states, led by Texas and Arkansas, filed a motion in the U.S. Supreme Court to force Delaware to return to the States between $150 million...more

Unclaimed Property Hunger Games: States Seek Supreme Court Review in ‘Official Check’ Dispute

Background - As detailed in our blog last month, MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. (MoneyGram) is stuck in between a rock and a hard place as states continue to duel with Delaware over the proper classification of (and...more

Delaware Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Escheat Dispute Between States

On May 26, 2016, Delaware filed a motion with the United States Supreme Court requesting leave to file a bill of complaint against other states regarding escheatment of uncashed “official checks.” Specifically, Delaware...more

State-vs.-State Unclaimed Property Dispute May be Heading to the Supreme Court

In March, we issued an advisory highlighting a lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department against the State of Delaware in federal district court seeking to recover uncashed official checks escheated to Delaware by...more

Unclaimed Property Litigation Update – Spring 2016

Litigation over unclaimed property rules and obligations continues to accelerate. The first quarter of 2016 brought developments in several cases, including a much-watched contest over merchandise credits and a new battle...more

Pennsylvania Audits Public Companies for Unclaimed Securities

Holders that use third-party transfer agents, such as Computershare, should check their mailboxes, as they are likely to have a notice from Pennsylvania of an unclaimed property audit. Pennsylvania has engaged...more

Store Credits Not Subject to Unclaimed Property, Says California Court

In a decision with potentially broad implications, a California Superior Court has held that merchandise credits not redeemable for cash are not subject to California's Unclaimed Property Law (UPL). The court also held that...more

Unclaimed Property Advisory: Pennsylvania Sues Delaware to Recover Unclaimed Checks Issued in Pennsylvania

On January 26, 2016, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department filed a lawsuit in federal district court to recover unclaimed property paid to the Delaware State Escheator by MoneyGram Payments Systems, Inc., a...more

Unclaimed Property Advisory: U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petitioners’ Writ of Certiorari in Taylor v. Yee

On February 29, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the writ of certiorari to review the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Taylor v. Yee, 780 F.3d 928 (9th Cir. 2015). The case involves a 13-year...more

Court Holds SEC Filing Is Not Public Disclosure

California has patterned its false claim law, Cal. Gov’t Code §§ 12650 et seq., after the federal False Claims Act. As the names of these laws suggest, they are intended to protect the public fisc from false or fraudulent...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2015: Is the U.S. SEC IM Guidance Update Initiative Becoming a Thing of the...

Over the past three years, the Division of Investment Management (Division) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) has provided informal guidance and interpretations regarding issues of relevance to the...more

Ho! Ho! Ho! Delaware Sets its Sights–Again–on Uncashed Rebate Checks

There’s never a dull moment in Delaware when it comes to unclaimed property. The latest salvo comes by way of a lawsuit filed by the Delaware Department of Finance against Blackhawk Engagement Solutions (DE), Inc. (formerly...more

Looking Back: Delaware's Comprehensive Unclaimed Property Program Reform

The recent reforms have not impacted the power and authority of the Office of the State Bank Commissioner to examine Delaware financial institutions for compliance with the escheat laws, but the shortened look-back period...more

Debate Over Unclaimed Property Continues Before the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee

Proposed revisions to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act were under debate this past week in Washington, DC as the Uniform Law Commission (ULC or Commission) Committee to Revise the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (Drafting...more

Straight Outta Delaware: JLI Invest S.A. et al. v. Cook et al.

As soon as we start to think that Delaware’s unclaimed property practices and administration couldn’t possibly get any more egregious, another lawsuit like JLI Invest S.A. et al. v. Cook et al., Case No. 11274 surfaces. The...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Approves Final Rule Amending Regulation D - US Federal Banking Agencies Finalize Revisions to the Capital Rules Applicable to Advanced...more

Florida Court Rejects "Date of Death" Trigger for Escheating Life Insurance Death Benefits Under Florida's Unclaimed Property Act

On August 5, Florida's First District Court of Appeal reversed a ruling issued by Florida's Department of Financial Services ("DFS") that would have triggered an insurer's duty to escheat life insurance benefits under...more

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