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PAYOUT CUTS SPARK LEGAL THREAT

WEST BROMWICH Building Society may face legal action as a number of investors in its “permanent interest bearing shares” (PIBS) are angry at cuts in the payouts they receive. Chief executive Robert Sharpe said the cuts are within the mutual’s “legal rights”. Some 800 investors hold PIBS worth £75m and many had been relying on payouts remaining at levels set out in a July 2005 prospectus.