Ex-PPG Workers Want Class Treatment In Life Insurance Suit

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Law360 (September 4, 2020, 4:40 PM EDT) — A group of former PPG employees have asked a West Virginia federal judge to let them move forward as a class in their ERISA suit claiming the paint manufacturer transferred the responsibility for their life insurance benefits to another company knowing the benefits would get cut.

In their motion Thursday, the workers told the court that the class and subclass they proposed in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit against PPG Industries Inc., its benefits plan and plan administrator were worthy of class certification.

The workers alleged in their suit that PPG led plan participants to believe that Axiall Corp….

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Personal loan lender RateSetter becomes ‘Plenti’

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*The Comparison Rate combines the lender’s interest rate, fees and charges into a single rate to show the true cost of a personal loan. The comparison rates displayed are calculated based on a loan of $30,000 for a term of 5 years or a loan of $10,000 for a term of 3 years as indicated, based on monthly principal and interest repayments, on a secured basis for secured loans and an unsecured basis for unsecured loans. WARNING: This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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Edinburg’s SPARC program ignites local economy, Census response rate

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EDINBURG — The city’s innovative business recovery program pumped $50,000 directly into local businesses on a daily basis for about two months and pushed the 2020 Census response rate to new heights, Edinburg City Manager Ron Garza said last week.

“We are right in the midst of one of the most innovative and one of the most productive business stimulus and economic recovery programs that I’ve ever seen a city do. And I’m not just saying that because I am part of the city, but it needs to be recognized as just completely successful,” Garza said about the city’s SPARC program.

Known by its acronym, the Stimulus Program Aimed at Recovery from COVID-19 was a two-tiered effort that involved businesses and residents alike.

“It’s an amazing, amazing program, and it really is transforming the

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Advisor Group And Royal Alliance Announce Recruitment Of Financial Foundation Services To Super-OSJ Affiliated Advisors

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Independent Wealth Management and Financial Planning Practice with $120 Million in Total Client Assets Joins Royal Alliance-Affiliated Super-OSJ Led by Rita Robbins

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –Advisor Group, the nation’s largest network of independent wealth management firms, and network member firm Royal Alliance Associates today announced that Financial Foundation Services, an East Brunswick, N.J.-based wealth management firm with approximately $120 million in total client assets, has joined Royal Alliance. Financial Foundation Services, founded by veteran financial professional Robert Rafano, has affiliated with Royal Alliance through one of its top independent producer groups, Affiliated Advisors, which is headed by Founder and President Rita Robbins, a pioneering leader in the Super-OSJ space and a well-known wealth management industry veteran.

In addition to Royal Alliance, Advisor Group also includes FSC Securities Corporation, KMS Financial Services, SagePoint Financial, Securities America, Securities Service Network, Triad Advisors and Woodbury

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Thousands of businesses got critical loans during pandemic | National News

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When a large swath of Connecticut was forced to shut down during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, state officials quickly created an emergency loan program from scratch, hoping to help small businesses — from pizza shops to yoga studios — weather the economic crisis.

Months later, records obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request show the fledgling Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program ultimately funded 2,123 one-year, no-interest loans, averaging $19,705 a piece. Because of the massive flood of applications, officials decided to cap loan amounts at $37,500 — half of the $75,000 originally promised when the program was launched in March — to help twice the number of businesses.

The change was made after officials had to stop accepting applications the day after the program was announced and decided to double the $25 million investment to $50 million, underwritten by the state’s venture

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