Tag: Unclaimed Property

Major Reforms Proposed in Unclaimed Property Legislation Introduced in Delaware Senate

Senate Bill 13, cosponsored by Senator Bryan Townsend and Representative Bryon Short, on January 12, 2017, is a major overhaul of Chapter 11, Title 12 of the Delaware Code, Delaware’s unclaimed property statute, and is aimed at both updating Delaware law in light of the 2016 Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (“RUUPA”) developed by the Uniform Law Commission and at addressing certain... Continue Reading

Constitutional Challenge to Delaware’s Unclaimed Property Law Dismissed on Standing/Ripeness Grounds

On August 16, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware issued an opinion in the case of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. v. Cook, Civ. No. 15-468-RGA, granting defendants’ motions to dismiss federal Constitutional challenges to Delaware’s unclaimed property law for lack of subject matter jurisdiction where plaintiff failed to demonstrate that it had standing to... Continue Reading

Unclaimed Property―Voluntary Disclosure Agreements

A voluntary disclosure agreement program, also known as a VDA, is a program through which a holder can report on a voluntary basis its overdue unclaimed property. Commonly offered by states to encourage holders to come into compliance with their unclaimed property reporting obligations, most VDA programs offer valuable benefits frequently unavailable to holders undergoing the more traditional... Continue Reading

Delaware District Court Rules That Delaware’s Unclaimed Property Audit Process Violates Substantive Due Process Constitutional Rights

On June 28, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware issued an opinion in the case of Temple-Inland, Inc. v. Cook, Civ. No. 14-654-GMS, granting in part and denying in part cross motions for summary judgment filed by the State of Delaware (the “State”) and Temple-Inland, Inc. (the “Company”). Significantly, the Court granted the Company’s claims that the... Continue Reading

Governor Markell Signs Second Leg of Unclaimed Property Reform Legislation into Law

On July 22, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill No. 141 into law. The bill was introduced in the Delaware State Senate on June 16, 2015 and passed the Delaware House in the early morning hours of July 1, 2015. The speed with which this legislation passed indicates that Delaware is serious about reforming its Unclaimed Property Program... Continue Reading

Second Leg of Unclaimed Property Reform Legislation Passed by the Delaware Legislature

On June 16, 2015, Senate Bill No. 141 was introduced in the Delaware State Senate.  In the early morning hours of July 1, 2015 (with the Delaware “legislative calendar” still reading June 30, 2015) this legislation, which had already passed the State Senate, passed the Delaware House and awaits Governor Jack Markell’s signature.  The speed with which this legislation passed indicates that... Continue Reading

Second Leg of Unclaimed Property Reform Legislation Introduced in Delaware Senate

On June 16, 2015, Senate Bill No. 141 was introduced in the Delaware State Senate.  This bill proposes what may well be the most important statutory changes ever made to the existing Delaware Unclaimed Property Program.  The second of two bills introduced this legislative session, Senate Bill No. 141 incorporates a number of the recommendations of a Legislative Task Force established by the... Continue Reading

Court Declines to Dismiss Constitutional Challenge to Delaware’s Unclaimed Property Law

On March 11, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware issued an opinion and order denying, in large part, the State of Delaware’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging, on federal constitutional grounds, Delaware’s methodology for determining unclaimed property liability for periods in which the holder’s records are insufficient to determine the actual amounts... Continue Reading

Unclaimed Property

Michael Houghton and Walter Tuthill, Morris Nichols Commercial Law Counseling Group partners, served as co-authors of the revised Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Corporate Practice Series Portfolio: Unclaimed Property. The treatise provides a comprehensive analysis of the law of unclaimed property and taps into the collective experience of the authors to provide an insider's perspective into what... Continue Reading

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