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Chapter 447

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  447.545.  No liability for claims by holder after delivery to state — legal actions, procedure. — 1.  Upon the payment or delivery of abandoned property, the state shall assume custody and shall be responsible for the safekeeping thereof.  Any person who pays or delivers abandoned property pursuant to sections 447.500 to 447.595 is relieved of all liability for any claim which then exists or which thereafter may arise or be made in respect to the property.

  2.  In the event legal proceedings are instituted against a prior holder in a court of this state, or in any other state or federal court, by any other state claiming to be entitled to unclaimed funds or abandoned property previously paid or delivered to the treasurer, such holder shall give timely written notice to the treasurer and the attorney general of this state of such proceedings, or in the alternative at least ten days before the return date on which an answer or similar pleading is required to be filed.  The attorney general may intervene or take such other action as the attorney general deems appropriate or necessary to protect the interests of this state.

  3.  If the notice provided in subsection 2 of this section is given by the holder and thereafter a judgment is entered against the holder for any amount paid to the treasurer pursuant to the terms of sections 447.500 to 447.595, the treasurer shall, upon being furnished with proof thereof, return to the holder the amount of such judgment, not to exceed the amount of the property reported which is the subject of the dispute.

  4.  The holder of any interest pursuant to section 447.520 evidenced only by the stock records or membership records of the business association may deliver a duplicate certificate to the treasurer.  Upon such delivery, the holder and any transfer agent, registrar, or other person acting for or on behalf of the holder in executing or delivering such duplicate certificate shall be relieved from all liability of every kind to the person acquiring the original certificate or the duplicate of such certificate issued to the treasurer, not to exceed the liquidated value of the property on the date of delivery, or if unliquidated, the market value of the property on the date of delivery.  If the holder elects not to issue and deliver a duplicate certificate, the holder shall transfer title of the underlying shares to the state on the records of the issuing corporation in a manner acceptable to the treasurer.


(L. 1984 H.B. 1088 § 14, A.L. 1993 H.B. 566, A.L. 1994 S.B. 757, A.L. 1998 H.B. 1510)

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