In a press conference today, the Federal Trade Comission warned Skechers and other toning shoe manufacturers "to shape up your substantiation or tone down your claims." David Vladeck, the director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection announced that Skechers USA, Inc. has agreed to pay $40 million to settle charges that the company deceived consumers.
The FTC found that "Skechers' unfounded claims went beyond stronger and more toned muscles." Skechers false claims also included claims about weight loss and cardiovascular health. The FTC found that these claims were unfounded and not supported by any materials cited by Skechers.
As a part of the settlement agreement, the FTC has barred Skechers from making any further representations about the health and fitness-related benefits conferred by Skechers toning shoes unless they are true and backed by scientific evidence. Skechers is also prohibited from misrepresenting any tests, studies, or research regarding toning shoes.
Consumers who purchased Skechers toning shoes may go to the FTC's website (www.ftc.gov/skechers) for more details regarding the settlement and to see if they are eligible to file for a refund.
Many of the people who bought Skechers toning shoes based on these deceptive and false claims also suffered chronic injuries or injuries from falls. If you have suffered a toning shoe injury, you may have a legal case for your damages. Call the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson, P.S.C., co-lead counsel in the Skechers Shape-ups Toning Shoe Multi-District Litigation, to talk with a skilled personal injury attorney at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 in a free legal consultation today.