PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will receive roughly $73,000 as part of a settlement with Skechers USA Inc. over misleading advertising related to athletic shoes, according to Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.
The Federal Trade Commission, 44 states and the District of Columbia filed settlements last week with Skechers, the makers of Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups and the Skechers Resistance Runner athletic shoes. Under these settlements, up to $40 million is being allocated for refunds to be paid to consumers who purchased these shoes. As part of the settlements, Skechers will pay an additional $5 million to the states.
In his settlement, Kilmartin alleged that Skechers made health-related claims in the marketing, packaging, advertising, offering and selling of its line of rocker-bottom shoe products. Those claims were not adequately substantiated at the time the claims were made. The lawsuit alleges that without having adequate support for its claims, Skechers asserted that these rocker-bottom shoe products caused consumers to lose weight, burn calories, improve circulation, fight cellulite, and firm, tone or strengthen thigh, buttock and back muscles.
Under the settlement, Skechers is prohibited from making these claims unless it has adequate substantiation to do so. Skechers does not admit any wrongdoing and denies the factual allegations asserted in the settlement complaint.
Consumers who purchased Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, or the Skechers Resistance Runner should either call the toll-free consumer hotline at 866-325-4186 or go to www.ftc.gov/skechers. •