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Government sues Renco Group for avoiding pension obligations to bankrupt steel company

Lawsuit accuses Renco Group of unloading some of its ownership to get out of paying pensions

The U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) is suing Renco Group Inc., a private holding company, for allegedly avoiding paying the pension plans of bankrupt steel company RG Steel, in which Renco Group had a controlling interest.

Specifically, PBGC accuses Renco Group of trying to reduce its ownership in RG Steel to keep it from having to fulfill RG Steel’s pension obligations. Before RG Steel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2012, Renco Group sold 24.5 percent of its ownership to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, an investment firm.

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