|May 16, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with 43 other states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission have reached a $40 million settlement today with Skechers USA, Inc., the makers of Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, and the Skechers Resistance Runner athletic shoes. The settlement resolves allegations that the company made health-related claims in the marketing, packaging, advertising, offering, and selling of its line of rocker-bottom shoe products that were not adequately substantiated at the time the claims were made. Under the settlement, Skechers will pay up to $40 million in restitution to consumers who purchased the shoes. In addition to restitution, the settlement prohibits Skechers from making these claims unless it has adequate substantiation to do so.
“Companies are expected to do their due diligence before making claims about their products,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “This case is an excellent example of state and federal authorities working together to protect consumers.”
The lawsuit alleges that without adequate support, Skechers claimed that the rocker-bottom shoe products caused consumers to lose weight, burn calories, improve circulation, fight cellulite, and firm, tone or strengthen thigh, buttock, and back muscles.
In addition to Florida, the District of Columbia and the FTC, the following states participated in the settlement: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Hawaii, and Georgia.
Consumers who purchased Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, or the Skechers Resistance Runner can visit www.ftc.gov/skechers or call 1-866-325-4186 for information about how to obtain a partial refund.