Refund Checks Mailed to Consumers Who Bought Skechers Toning Shoes

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July 11, 2013

An administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mailing 509,175 checks to consumers who bought Skechers toning shoes that the company promoted through allegedly deceptive advertisements.

As part of its efforts to stem overhyped health claims, last year the FTC alleged that Skechers deceptively advertised its toning shoes, including making unfounded claims that its Shape-ups toning shoes would help people lose weight and strengthen and tone their buttocks, legs and abdominal muscles.

Besides Shape-ups, the FTC alleged that Skechers also made deceptive claims about its Resistance Runner, Toners, and Tone-ups shoes.

Under the terms of the FTC settlement, the funds were distributed through a court-approved class action lawsuit. BMC Group, the court approved settlement administrator, will begin mailing checks on July 12, 2013 to eligible consumers who submitted a valid claim for a refund.

The checks must be cashed on or before October 10, 2013. The amount consumers will receive is based on the portion of their claims that was approved. The deadline for filing a refund request has expired.

Consumers who have questions should call 1-888-325-4186.

The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information before redress checks can be cashed.