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Delaware v. Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

Ongoing case of original jurisdiction

Consolidated with:

Docket No. Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
22O145 N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2016

Issue: (1) Whether MoneyGram Official Checks are “a money order, traveler’s check, or other similar written instrument (other than a third party bank check) on which a banking or financial organization or a business association is directly liable,” pursuant to 12 U.S.C. § 2503; (2) whether the court should command Wisconsin and Pennsylvania not to assert any claim over abandoned and unclaimed property related to MoneyGram Official Checks; and (3) whether all future sums payable on abandoned MoneyGram Official Checks should be remitted to Delaware

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
May 25 2016Documents filed with the Special Master may be found on the Special Master's website at
May 26 2016Motion for leave to file a bill of complaint filed.
Jun 03 2016Brief and Motion for Leave to file Counterclaim filed by Wisconsin.
Jun 14 2016Brief in response of defendant Pennsylvania filed.
Jun 21 2016Letter from State of Wisconsin received.
Jun 23 2016Reply of petitioner Delaware, Plaintiff filed.
Jul 06 2016Brief amicus curiae of Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc. filed.
Aug 01 2016Brief amicus curiae of Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization filed.
Aug 24 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 26, 2016.
Oct 03 2016The Motion for leave to file a Bill of Complaint and the Motion for leave to file a Counterclaim are granted. This case is consolidated with Original 146 and the parties are allowed thirty days within which to file answers to the Bills of Complaint and the Counterclaims.
Oct 10 2016Motion For leave to amend Bill of Compliant filed by Arkansas, et al.,. (NOT PRINTED) (VIDED)
Oct 28 2016Pennsylvania's Answer and Counterclaims to Delaware's Bill of Complaint filed. (VIDED)
Oct 31 2016Answer of the State of Wisconsin to the Bill of Complaint filed.(VIDED)
Nov 01 2016Answer to Wisconsin's Counterclaim filed by Delaware (VIDED)
Nov 01 2016Answer to Counterclaim filed by Arkansas, et al., Plaintiffs. (VIDED)
Nov 01 2016Answer to Arkansas, et al.'s Bill of Complaint filed by Delaware filed. (VIDED)
Nov 07 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 22, 2016.
Nov 11 2016Motion for leave to file bill of third party complaint filed by defendant Pennsylvania. (VIDED).
Nov 18 2016Answer to Pennsylvania's Counterclaim filed by Delaware.(VIDED)
Nov 28 2016The motion of Arkansas, et al., for leave to amend the Bill of Complaint is granted.
Dec 06 2016It has been suggested that the parties are in agreement on the facts relevant to a decision in this action. If this is the case, the parties are invited to file a stipulation of facts in this Court on or before 60 days from the date of this order. If such a stipulation is filed, the Court will set a schedule for briefing the legal issues. If such a stipulation is not timely filed, a Special Master will be appointed to conduct any necessary discovery and to make proposed findings of fact, and the case will proceed in the usual manner.
Dec 28 2016Brief of MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. in opposition to Motion for Leave to File Bill of Third Party Complaint filed. VIDED.
Jan 09 2017Motion for leave to amend Bill of Complaint filed by Delaware, Plaintiff. (VIDED)
Jan 09 2017Motion for leave to amend Countercliam filed by defendant Delaware, (VIDED)
Jan 11 2017Reply of respondent Pennsylvania in further support of motion for leave to file Bill of Third Party Complaint filed. VIDED.
Jan 18 2017Response to Delaware's Motion for Leave to Amend Bill of Complaint from Defendant Pennsylvania filed.(VIDED)
Jan 24 2017Response in opposition to Delaware's motion for leave to amend bill of complaint from Wisconsin filed.(VIDED)
Jan 26 2017Response in opposition to Delaware's motion for leave to amend counterclaim from Arkansas, et al., filed.(VIDED)
Feb 01 2017Letter from the Parties in Response to Court's order of December 6, 2016.(VIDED)
Feb 03 2017Reply Brief in support of Motions for leave to amend Bill of Complaint and Counterclaim filed by Delaware, (VIDED)
Feb 15 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of March 3, 2017.
Mar 29 2017It is ordered that the Honorable Pierre N. Leval, of New York, New York, is appointed Special Master in this case with authority to fix the time and conditions for the filing of additional pleadings, to direct subsequent proceedings, to summon witnesses, to issue subpoenas, and to take such evidence as may be introduced and such as he may deem it necessary to call for. The Special Master is directed to submit Reports as he may deem appropriate. The cost of printing his Reports, and all other proper expenses, including travel expenses, shall be submitted to the Court.
Mar 31 2017Oath of Special Master filed
Jul 27 2021First Interim Report of the Special Master received.
Jul 27 2021Because the Court has consolidated this case with No. 146, Original, future filings and activity in the cases will now be reflected on the docket of No. 145, Original. Subsequent filings in these cases must therefore be submitted through the electronic filing system in No. 145. Each document submitted in connection with one or both of these cases must include on its cover the case number and caption for each case in which the filing is intended to be submitted. Where a filing is submitted in only one of the cases, the docket entry will reflect the case number in which the filing is submitted; a document filed in all of the consolidated cases will be noted as “VIDED.”