New Hampshire Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging State Reuinification Efforts
A New Hampshire court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the methods for giving notice. Pursuant to the New Hampshire unclaimed property act, the state attempts to contact owners of unclaimed property via mailings, an online database, and by publishing owner names in the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Two plaintiffs, Kimberly Blain and Joe King’s Shoe Shop, claimed that the state’s efforts to notify owners was insufficient and argued that the state had an interest in not locating owners: namely, the approximately $4.4 million that winds up as state revenue as a result of the abandoned property program.
The court ruled that while the state’s efforts might not be optimal, they did not rise to the level of a deprivation of the owners’ constitutional rights.