December 18, 2014

Consumers may be due partial refunds for tone-up sneakers

Some Kansas consumers may be due a partial refund for their Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups and Skechers Resistance Runner shoes.

The shoe company settled with Kansas and 42 other states to resolve allegations that Skechers made unsupported health claims in advertising for the shoes.

Though the sneaker company did not admit wrongdoing and denies allegations in the suit, Skechers has agreed to allocate up to $40 million for refunds nationwide.

“Deceptive marketing practices and failure to substantiate advertising claims prevents consumers from making informed purchasing decisions,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. “This settlement is a win for Kansas consumers.”

The lawsuit alleged that Skechers claimed their rocker-bottom shoes caused consumers to lose weight, burn calories, improve circulation, fight cellulite and firm, tone and strengthen thigh buttocks and back muscles. Skechers, the suit said, did not have adequate support for those claims.

Under terms of the settlement, the shoe company is prohibited from repeating the claims without substantiation in the future.

Kansas consumers who purchased Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, or the Skechers Resistance Runner should go to www.ag.ks.gov for information about how to obtain a partial refund. Consumers can also contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (800)432-2310 for more information.

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