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Former Lia Sophia sales reps, customers to get cash settlements

Cindy West did so well as a Lia Sophia jewelry sales representative that she became a leader in the direct-sales business, mentoring several sales representatives and pocketing part of their commissions.

Then, in December 2014, the company dropped a bombshell: It planned to shut down by February 2015, leaving West and her colleagues out of jobs and their customers without the company's popular

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