1. It's not a listserv.  It's a mailing list.  ListServ is obsolete,
expensive, closed-source garbage software used exclusively by people
who don't know any better and like to waste their money.

2. This problem was possibly, but not certainly, caused by a misfiring
cron job.  (I've seen it before.)  The list-owner(s) were probably made
aware of it almost immediately, because on a mailing list of this size,
there are always SMTP rejects of some small fraction of the monthly
reminders -- and this time, they probably arrived in batches of 16.

---rsk

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