If you purchased Skechers toning shoes after August 1, 2008 you may be eligible for a refund. Skechers USA has agreed to pay $40 million to settle the case filed again the Federal Trade Commission for making unfounded claims about its Shape-Ups, reporting these shoes would help people lose weight and strengthen their leg and butt muscles.
The amount of each refund will depend on the number and amount of shoes you claim, as well as total number of valid claims filed. The claims are based on the honor system and any claims under $200 will not require a proof of purchase.
The amounts are currently only estimates and the amount could change based on the number of people who apply for the refund.
The shoes cost roughly between $60 and $100, depending upon the style and sales outlet.
There will undoubtedly be those who take advantage of this system and lay false claims. Dana Barragate, an Federal Trade Commission attorney, acknowledged in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that some dishonest people will no doubt try to game the system and apply for a partial refund for shoes they didn’t buy.
“But we think most consumers are honest,” Barragate said. (She noted that the process requires claimants to file and sign documents with the federal government swearing that they’re telling the truth.) “We want consumers who legitimately purchased this product to get a refund if they want one.”
You can file for the refund at www.skecherssettlement.com
The court has not yet approved the settlement and it must be approved before any refunds are issued. As of now there is no set date on when the Court could finalize the settlement. There is also no end date to the claim period but at some point an end date will be set, so don’t wait too long to file your claim.
Skechers president Michael Greenberg defended the shoes and said the only reason the company settled was to avoid the legal fees of fighting the lawsuit and has denied any wrongdoing.
You can also go to the Skechers Settlement Facebook page for more information.