MADISON (WKOW) – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that Wisconsin has joined 43 other states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in a multi-million-dollar settlement with Skechers.
The FTC says the case is over false advertising by the footwear company, claiming its rocker-bottom shoes, including Shape-ups, can help shed pounds and tone muscles. The FTC says Skechers falsely represented that clinical studies backed up the company's claims about its toning shoes.
Under the settlement, up to $40 million will go towards refunds to consumers who purchased the shoes. Skechers will also pay another $5 million to the states.
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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Claims that Skechers' fitness shoes can help shed pounds and tone muscles will cost the company millions of dollars.
The footwear company will pay $40 million to settle charges by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that Skechers made unfounded claims that its Shape-ups shoes would help people lose weight and strengthen their leg and stomach muscles.
The settlement also involves the company's Resistance Runner, Toners and Tone-ups shoes.
The FTC says Skechers falsely represented that clinical studies backed up the company's claims about its toning shoes.
Consumers who bought the shoes will be eligible for refunds.
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