Reebok Refund Checks Resulting from FTC Settlement Mailed to Consumers
In connection with the Federal Trade Commission’s settlement with Reebok International, a settlement administrator is mailing approximately 315,000 checks to consumers who bought allegedly deceptively advertised toning shoes and apparel from the company.
Ads for Reebok’s toning shoes claimed that sole technology featuring pockets of moving air creates ‘micro instability’ that tones and strengthens muscles as you walk or run.
As part of its efforts to stem overhyped health claims, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleged last year that Reebok deceptively advertised its ‘toning shoes’ by claiming that consumers wearing the shoes would strengthen and tone leg and buttock muscles more than by wearing regular shoes. Reebok paid $25 million for refunds as part of its settlement agreement.
The amount each affected consumer can expect to get back is based on the amount the consumer claimed to have spent on the products. Consumers will receive approximately 87 percent of the amount on their claim forms that were submitted and approved. The deadline for filing a refund request has expired.
Under the terms of the FTC settlement, the funds were made available through a court-approved class action lawsuit. Rust Consulting, Inc., the court approved settlement administrator, will begin mailing the checks on August 8, 2012 to eligible consumers who submitted a valid claim for a refund. The checks must be cashed on or before November 6, 2012.
Consumers who have questions should call 1-888-398-5389. The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information before redress checks can be cashed.