TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- Attorney General Pam Bondi says Florida, along with 43 other states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission reached a $40 million settlement with Sketchers USA.
Sketchers is known as the maker of Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, and the Skechers Resistance Runner athletic shoes.
The settlement resolves allegations that the company made health-related claims in the marketing, packaging, advertising, offering, and selling of its line of rocker-bottom shoe products that were not adequately substantiated at the time the claims were made.
Under the settlement, Skechers will pay up to $40 million in restitution to consumers who purchased the shoes.
In addition to restitution, the settlement prohibits Skechers from making these claims unless it has adequate substantiation to do so.
The lawsuit alleges that without adequate support, Skechers claimed that the 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.
Consumers who purchased Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, or the Skechers Resistance Runner can visit www.ftc.gov/skechers for information about how to obtain a partial refund.