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15 U.S. Code § 15e - Distribution of damages

Monetary relief recovered in an action under section 15c(a)(1) of this title shall—
be distributed in such manner as the district court in its discretion may authorize; or
be deemed a civil penalty by the court and deposited with the State as general revenues;
subject in either case to the requirement that any distribution procedure adopted afford each person a reasonable opportunity to secure his appropriate portion of the net monetary relief.
(Oct. 15, 1914, ch. 323, § 4E, as added Pub. L. 94–435, title III, § 301, Sept. 30, 1976, 90 Stat. 1395.)
Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date

Injuries sustained prior to Sept. 30, 1976, not covered by this section, see section 304 of Pub. L. 94–435, set out as a note under section 15c of this title.