Legislation Prohibiting Payment of Interest on Compensation Awards Under the 1980 Omnibus Territories Act

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Congress may eliminate or modify claims which are purely statutory without violating the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, unless those claims have ripened into final judgments. Thus, legislative repeal of a provision requiring payment of interest on compensation awards authorized by 48 U.S.C. § 1424c is constitutionally permissible, except insofar as it purports to affect cases in which an award of damages has become final.

Updated July 9, 2014