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- Thursday, 16 August 2012 11:41
Skechers $40M Toning Shoe Class Action Settlement Preliminarily Approved
By Kimberly Mirando
A federal judge this week tentatively approved a $40 million class action lawsuit settlement between Skechers USA, Inc. and consumers who bought Skechers toning shoes based on ads that made unfounded claims that the footwear would help people lose weight and strengthen muscles. The class action settlement was reached just three months after Skechers reached a deal with the Federal Trade Commission over the deceptive toning shoes ads.
The Skechers toning shoe settlement will provide consumers refunds for their purchases: up to $80 per pair of Shape-Ups; $84 per pair of Resistance Runner shoes; up to $54 per pair of Podded Sole Shoes; and $40 per pair for Tone-Ups. Consumers who purchased these shoes since August 1, 2008 can file a claim to participate in the class action settlement.
The Skechers class action lawsuit settlement covers more than 70 lawsuits filed across the country that were consolidated in federal court in Louisville, Kentucky as Grabowski v. Skechers U.S.A., Inc.
“Skechers’ unfounded claims went beyond stronger and more toned muscles. The company even made claims about weight loss and cardiovascular health,” said David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.
In addition to paying out refunds to consumers, Skechers is barred from making claims about strengthening, weight loss, and other health and fitness-related claims for its toning shoes unless they are true and backed by scientific evidence. The Skechers class action settlement also bars the company from misrepresenting any tests, studies or research results regarding toning shoes.
The total refund you can receive from the Skechers shape-ups class action lawsuit settlement will depend on how many Eligible Shoes you purchased since August 1, 2008, as well as the total number of valid claim forms submitted by other Class Members.
To file a claim form for the Skechers Shape-Ups, Resistance Runner, Shape-Ups Toners/Trainers, and Tone-Ups Class Action Settlement, go to www.SkechersSettlement.com.
Updated August 16th, 2012
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