Nebraska has joined a coalition of 21 states filing a lawsuit against Delaware, claiming the state has held on to at least $200 million dollars they contend belong to their residents.
The coalition filed the lawsuit in the United States Supreme Court.
The lawsuit claims Delaware has at minimum $200 million that should be turned over to the other states under the federal Disposition of Abandoned Money Orders and Traveler’s Checks Act. The total could actually be much more.
MoneyGram, which is incorporated in Delaware, has turned over to the state millions of dollars in checks sold by MoneyGram, yet abandoned and unclaimed. The lawsuit claims the money should have been returned to the state where the purchases were made under federal and state law.
The coalition asks the Supreme Court to declare that the plaintiff states, and not Delaware, are entitled to the money.
An independent audit of a select group of states early last year concluded the states were owned approximately $200 million from the abandoned checks sold by MoneyGram. Nebraska is owned around $1.8 million.
Joining Nebraska in today’s filing are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.