“Consumer Advocate”, “Consumer Tips”, ConsumersDid you buy Skechers Shape-ups, Resistance Runner, Toners, or Tone-ups shoes? You may be eligible for a refund under a recent settlement.
In May, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined the Federal Trade Commission, 43 states, and the District of Columbia in a settlement with Skechers USA, Inc. to resolve claims that Skechers overstated weight-loss and other benefits in ads for its “rocker-bottom” athletic shoes.
Co-led by Ohio and Tennessee, the state attorneys general investigated the health-related claims Skechers made in the marketing, packaging, advertising, offering, and selling of the shoes.
Skechers had claimed that the shoes would promote weight loss, burn more calories, fight cellulite, improve circulation, and firm muscles in the thigh, buttocks, and back; but the attorneys general alleged that the benefits were not adequately substantiated at the time Skechers made the claims.
Under the settlement, Skechers is prohibited from making such claims without adequate substantiation. Skechers is allocating up to $40 million for consumers who purchased the shoes and who file a refund claim.
If you purchased Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, or the Skechers Resistance Runner, go to www.ftc.gov/skechers for information about how to obtain a partial refund through this settlement. The Federal Trade Commission is overseeing the refund process.