A federal judge should consider distributing any excess funds from a settlement agreement to models who claimed they were the victims of an antitrust conspiracy by modeling agencies, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Southern District Judge Harold Baer may not have appreciated the breadth of his discretion to award the excess monies to the models, even though the settlement agreement made no mention of treble damages under the antitrust laws.

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