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46 U.S. Code § 30303 - Amount and apportionment of recovery

The recovery in an action under this chapter shall be a fair compensation for the pecuniary loss sustained by the individuals for whose benefit the action is brought. The court shall apportion the recovery among those individuals in proportion to the loss each has sustained.

Historical and Revision Notes



Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


46 App.:762(a).

Mar. 30, 1920, ch. 111, § 2(a), 41 Stat. 537; Pub. L. 106–181, title IV, § 404(b)(1), Apr. 5, 2000, 114 Stat. 131.

The words “and just” are omitted as redundant to “fair”. The words “each has sustained” are substituted for “they may severally have suffered by reason of the death of the person by whose representative the suit is brought” to eliminate unnecessary words.