Unclaimed Property

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Pennsylvania Treasury Issues Guidance Document Interpreting 2016 Amendments to the Pennsylvania Unclaimed Property Law

On March 7, 2017, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department issued a new guidance document and a set of responses to frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) interpreting changes to the Pennsylvania Unclaimed Property Law enacted on...more

Temple-Inland Decision Leads to Proposed Delaware Escheat Reform Legislation: Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 2

The proposed reforms are a welcome change, specifically as they relate to lookback periods, electronic filing and limited compliance reviews. As a result of what some might view as a scathing decision by the U.S....more

Attempt to Block Unclaimed Property Gift-Card Audit Again Rejected by Delaware Federal Court

Marking its second decision on the issue, the Delaware federal district court has held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s priority rules governing the distribution of unclaimed property among competing states do not apply to...more

Sailing the Sea Change of Delaware’s New Escheats Law

On February 2, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed Senate Bill 13 into law, completing a wholesale rewrite of the Delaware Escheats Law, codified at 12 Del. Code Ann. § 1130 et seq. The final version of the legislation...more

Unclaimed Property Gift Card Legislation to Watch

Most states are well off to the races with their 2017 legislative sessions and several states have gift card legislation pending that would impact unclaimed property holders....more

Delaware’s Overhaul of Its Unclaimed Property Laws

Facing widespread criticism about the enforcement of its unclaimed property laws, Delaware has just completed a wholesale revision of its unclaimed property statute. The statutory overhaul has passed both houses of the...more

Delaware’s Unclaimed Property Overhaul Legislation Awaits the Governor’s Signature

Exactly two weeks after introduction, Delaware’s major unclaimed property overhaul bill – SB 13 – passed both the Senate and the House of Delaware’s General Assembly on January 26. The bill is now on the desk of newly...more

Breaking News: Unclaimed Property Legislation Passes Delaware General Assembly

On January 26, 2017, the Delaware House approved comprehensive unclaimed property rewrite legislation (SB 13) that was passed by the Senate (with committee amendments) last week. Our summary of many of the key provisions of...more

Delaware Moves to Revamp Its Unclaimed Property Law

On January 12, 2017, the Delaware Senate introduced legislation that represents a complete rewrite of the state’s Escheats Law, currently codified at 12 Del. Code Ann. § 1130 et seq. The bill – SB 13 – is...more

Key Takeaways From Delaware’s Unclaimed Property Overhaul

A bill has been introduced in the Delaware Senate that would overhaul Delaware’s unclaimed property law. The bill is on a fast track and could be enacted by the end of January. If enacted, companies currently under audit will...more

Delaware Unclaimed Property Legislation – Lipstick on a Pig?

The Delaware General Assembly has introduced legislation that would significantly rewrite the Delaware unclaimed property statute by repealing the three current subchapters and replacing them with a single unclaimed property...more

New York Looks to Further Restrict Gift Card Practices

In December, we wrote about a new gift card law in New York that took effect on Christmas day, which was enacted by Senate Bill S. 4771-E. Under that now-effective law: - Gift card issuers are prohibited from charging a...more

New York Puts Coal in Gift Card Issuers’ Stockings with New Rules

On September 26, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation amending Section 396-i of the New York General Business Law to provide additional restrictions and limitations applicable to the issuance of gift...more

Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act Finalized for State Enactment—Legislative Drafting Notes and Interpretative Comments Added ...

The fourth iteration of a uniform unclaimed property act—entitled the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (RUUPA or Act)—has been finalized by the Uniform Law Commission for state enactment. The new Prefatory Note,...more

California Updates Unclaimed Property Law to Recognize Electronic Recurring Bank Account Activity

On September 22, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2258 into law, which revises California’s Unclaimed Property Law (UPL) to expressly recognize that certain electronic recurring transactions constitute...more

Proposed New Local Rules for the Southern District of New York

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently announced proposed amendments to its local rules. The proposed amendments will not take effect until December 1, 2016, but we could not wait...more

Unclaimed Property Disputes Over State Priority Take Center Stage, Head to U.S. Supreme Court and the Third Circuit

Disputes over the unclaimed property priority rules continue to intensify. The U.S. Supreme Court accepted review of a clash involving more than 20 states regarding the right to take custody of official checks. ...more

Delaware District Court Sets Up Another Marathon Unclaimed Property Battle

On September 23, 2016, the Delaware federal district court granted the state’s motion to dismiss in Marathon Petroleum Corp., et al. v. Cook, et al., ending (for now) the plaintiffs’ claims that Delaware’s audit of the...more

New Delaware Unclaimed Property Decision Further Complicates Landscape

Another federal judge slams Delaware’s unclaimed property audit methodology but rejects the holder’s reliance on the priority rules as a defense to the audit demands. See Marathon Petroleum Corp. et al. v. Cook et al., No....more

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

Are You Prepared for Disruption? New regulations, new challenges and opportunities [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

- Fed Takes First Steps Toward Setting Capital Requirements for Some Insurers - New Wave of COI Rate Increase Lawsuits Hits the Industry - STOLI Policies Cancelled, Insurers Retain Premium -...more

A Constitutional Challenge to Florida's New Unclaimed Property Act Amendments

In April, Florida amended its Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act (“Act”) to require life insurers to perform Death Master File (DMF) searches for all policies issued since 1992. The amended Act also provides that a DMF...more

Plains All American Case Dismissed – Federal Court Determines Holder Must Develop Factual Record Before Challenging Kelmar...

On August 16, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware granted Kelmar’s and Delaware’s motions to dismiss in Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., v. Cook, et al. The court determined that the Plaintiff (1)...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

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