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May 22, 2012 > Nationwide settlement with makers of athletic 'toning' shoes

Nationwide settlement with makers of athletic 'toning' shoes

Submitted By the Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced that she, 44 other attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission have reached a $40M settlement with Skechers USA, Inc. to resolve allegations the company made unsubstantiated claims about the health benefits of its rocker-bottom shoes, including the Shape-ups, the Tone-ups and the Skechers Resistance Runners.

The lawsuit, which was filed on May 16, 2012 along with the settlement, alleges that Skechers advertised that its rocker-bottom shoes caused consumers to lose weight, burn calories, improve circulation, fight cellulite and firm, tone or strengthen thigh, buttock and back muscles. As part of the settlement, Skechers is prohibited from making such claims without adequate substantiation and consumers may be eligible for partial refunds.

"Consumers shouldn't be duped into paying more for products with false promises of weight loss and other benefits," said Harris. "This settlement ensures Skechers will not make any claims regarding their rocker-bottom shoe products without adequate substantiation for those claims."

As part of the $40M settlement, Skechers will pay the states $5M, of which California will receive $290,000 or the second largest of the individual state payments. The company will also provide partial refunds to customers who purchased Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups or the Skechers Resistance Runner. Consumers may visit www.ftc.gov for information about how to obtain a partial refund.

For more information, visit www.oag.ca.gov

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