WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie
Rutledge has notified the U.S. Supreme Court that attorneys general from
California, Iowa, Maryland, Oregon, Washington and the commonwealth of Virginia
seek to join Arkansas’ complaint against Delaware.
complaint seeks to reclaim about $200 million that allegedly belongs not to
Delaware, but to its sister states as mandated by the federal Disposition of
Abandoned Money Orders and Traveler’s Checks Act.
“I am pleased that several more states are electing to join
this growing coalition that is seeking to claim monies that do not lawfully
belong to Delaware,” Rutledge said. “This is a strong case, and I am hopeful
the U.S. Supreme Court will take it and let this bipartisan group reclaim money
that is properly owed to the taxpayers.”
The dispute arose after Delaware said all the abandoned “official
checks” sold by MoneyGram, a money transfer company that
operates in every state. Delaware acted under the belief that the money should
go to the state where the issuing company was incorporated. According to the
lawsuit, however, the money should go to the states where each check was
Other states involved in the lawsuit include Alabama,
Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South
Carolina, Utah and West Virginia. These states joined Arkansas in Texas for the
original filing in June.