Supreme Court Declines to Hear Unclaimed Property Case, But Fires a Shot Across the Bow of "Cash-strapped States"
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an order declining to hear the case of Taylor v. Yee . In Taylor , the United States Court of Appeals upheld a federal court's dismissal of a case challenging the methods used by California to notify owners that there property is about to be, or has been, escheated to the state. Specifically, the Taylor plaintiffs alleged that California violated the constitutional rights of unclaimed property owners by failing to, among other things, access databases of other California government agencies for information relating to the whereabouts of unclaimed property owners. The Supreme Court's review of lower court decisions is mostly discretionary, so the decision not to review a particular case is not an approval by the Supreme Court of the decision reached below. In fact, that seems to be especially the case here, as Justices Alito and Thomas agreed with the decision to deny review the Ninth Circuit's decision in Taylor , b