(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Attorney General Mike DeWine reminded Ohioans today that they may be able to obtain partial refunds if they purchased Skechers-brand rocker-bottom shoes. Last month, Attorney General DeWine announced that Ohio was part of a federal and 44-state settlement with Skechers to resolve claims that it overstated weight-loss benefits in advertisements for its Shape-ups, Tone-ups, and Skechers Resistance Runner shoes.
“Skechers told consumers about certain supposed health benefits of these shoes but an investigation by Ohio and other states found these claims to be lacking,” said Attorney General DeWine. “This settlement is a chance for consumers to get back some of their money.”
Under the settlement, Skechers will allocate up to $40 million nationally for consumers who purchased the shoes and who file a refund claim.
Consumers who purchased Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, or the Resistance Runner should go to www.ftc.gov/skechers to file a claim and for more information about how to obtain a partial refund through this settlement. Consumers also can call 866-325-4186 to learn more on how to file their claims. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is overseeing the refund process, which is being handled by an FTC-selected administrator.
Consumers can also visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov for more information about the settlement and a link to the FTC refund site.
Skechers will also pay an additional $5 million to the states, of which Ohio will receive $156,000. These funds will be used for consumer protection and education.
Agreed Entry, Final Judgment (PDF)
Dan Tierney -- 614-466-3840
Mark Moretti -- 614-466-3840