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Third Circuit Continues the Marathon Battle Over Delaware’s Escheat Law

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On December 4, 2017, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Delaware federal district court’s dismissal of the plaintiffs’ claims in Marathon Petroleum Corp., et al. v. Cook. The court held that the plaintiffs did in...more

Delaware Finalizes Much-Anticipated Audit Regulations

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On October 1, the Delaware Department of Finance adopted its final set of unclaimed property audit regulations, as mandated by Section 1176(b) of Delaware’s newly revised Escheats Law. The regulations are effective on October...more

Unclaimed Property Update: Did You Report Unclaimed Store Credits to New Jersey at Full Value? You Might Be Entitled to a Refund.

by Reed Smith on

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently ordered New Jersey to refund more than $1 million to Bed Bath & Beyond for over-reporting store credits redeemable for merchandise to the state’s Unclaimed Property Administration...more

Delaware’s Escheats Law Faces Due Process Challenge

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In 2015, following Delaware’s commencement of an unclaimed property audit of Plains All American Pipeline, that holder initiated a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware seeking declaratory judgment...more

Third Circuit Breathes Life Into Procedural Due Process Claims In Pipeline’s Case Against Delaware’s State Escheator

In the case of Plains All American Pipeline L.P. v. Cook, et al., decided on August 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit largely affirmed the dismissal of Plains All American Pipeline L.P.’s (Plains) complaint...more

Delaware Reworks Its Recent Unclaimed Property Overhaul Legislation

by Alston & Bird on

On June 29, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed into law Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 79, which revises parts of Senate Bill 13, the major unclaimed property legislation passed earlier this year. Perhaps...more

Illinois Stealthily Enacts Version of RUUPA as Part of Budget Bill

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This week, the Illinois General Assembly enacted budget legislation (SB 9) to much fanfare. Although most news stories will likely focus on the fact that the state has a budget for the first time in several years, the real...more

Standing in the Shoes of a Suspended Corporation under California Law

A California Court of Appeal recently provided a reminder that under Code of Civil Procedure § 368, assignment of a right to recover money or other personal property (“a thing in action”) is subject to any defense existing at...more

State Controller Defeats Judgment Creditor’s Claim To Escheated Funds

by Allen Matkins on

Here is the question: Can a judgment creditor can enforce an assignment issued pursuant to the Enforcement of Judgments Law (CCP § 680.10 et seq.) for escheated property pursuant to the Unclaimed Property Law (CCP § 1500...more

Illinois UP Bill Would Retroactively Require Reporting of Gift Cards and B2B Transactions

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Earlier this year, an unclaimed property rewrite bill (HB 2603) was introduced in the Illinois House that would require holders to retroactively report a number of property types currently exempt. The provision would require...more

Should You Convert Your Delaware Unclaimed Property Audit to a VDA?

by Reed Smith on

The Delaware Secretary of State recently issued a statement to businesses encouraging them to convert their unclaimed property audits to voluntary disclosure agreements (“VDAs”). However, the position presented by the State...more

Illinois Legislative Proposal Would Eliminate the Unclaimed Property Exemption for Business to Business Transactions

by Reed Smith on

A bill has been introduced in the Illinois Legislature that could significantly impact the escheat liability and recordkeeping requirements of any holder doing business in the state of Illinois. House Bill 2603 (“HB 2603”),...more

Tax Update, Volume 2017, Issue 2

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THE NEW REGULATIONS EXPAND THE FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR FORM 5472 TO INCLUDE DISREGARDED ENTITIES WITH FOREIGN OWNERS WHEN THERE ARE CERTAIN REPORTABLE TRANSACTIONS. If a non-U.S. person (individual or corporation)...more

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

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

Sailing the Sea Change of Delaware’s New Escheats Law

by Alston & Bird on

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

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

by Alston & Bird on

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

Delaware Moves to Revamp Its Unclaimed Property Law

by Alston & Bird on

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

You Can’t Escape From Escheats!

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Ontario’s New Corporate Forfeiture Regime and Corporate Record Keeping Requirements - What’s Happening? On December 10, 2016 Ontario will repeal the compact and concise Escheats Act (the “Old EA”) that has served...more

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

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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

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

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

by Alston & Bird on

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

by Reed Smith on

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

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

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