LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal judge on Monday tentatively approved a $40 million settlement between Skechers USA Inc. and consumers who bought the toning shoes after ads made unfounded claims that the footwear would help people lose weight and strengthen muscles.
An undetermined number of people will be able to get a maximum repayment for their purchases – up to $80 per pair of Shape-Ups; $84 per pair of Resistance Runner shoes; up to $54 per pair of Podded Sole Shoes; and $40 per pair for Tone-Ups.
The agreement comes three months after Skechers reached a deal with the Federal Trade Commission over the advertisements for the shoes. That settlement was related to a broader agreement that resolves a multi-state investigation led by the attorneys general from Tennessee and Ohio and involving more than 40 states. Skechers will provide an additional $5 million to the states. Skechers denied the allegations but said it settled to avoid long litigation.