After a multi-state investigation in 42 states, the Federal Trade Commission concluded that the company made false claims in deceptive advertising that their toning shoes would help people lose weight, and strengthen and tone their buttocks, legs and abdominal muscles. A similar settlement was made last year by Reebok.
If you purchased Skechers Shape-ups, Resistance Runner, Toners, or Tone-ups shoes since August 1, 2008, you may be able to apply for a refund once the court approves the proposed settlement.
More information will be available on the FTC’s Skechers Hotline at 866-325-4186 or
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, charged Skechers with making unfounded claims that its Shape-ups and other "toning shoes" would help people lose weight and tone their buttocks, legs, and abdominal muscles.
To settle the case, Skechers USA has agreed to pay $40 million to provide refunds to people who bought Skechers toning shoes.
The FTC also alleges that Skechers manipulated and "cherry-picked results" from studies to support their claims. In one case, the FTC says Skechers touted the endorsement of chiropractor Dr. Steven Gautreau, but did not disclose that Gautreau was married to a Skechers marketng executive and that Skechers paid him to conduct the study, which the FTC alleges did not support the claims in the ad.
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