Time is running out! If you plan to file a claim for a refund on those Skechers you bought a few years ago, you must act now. Claim forms must be electronically submitted no later than April 18, 2013, or postmarked no later than April 18, 2013. If you have questions, you should visit www.SkechersSettlement.com or call, toll-free, (866) 325-4186.
In the process of completing the claim form, you will be asked to declare or affirm, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the claim form is true and correct to the best of your knowledge and that you purchased the applicable product(s) between August 1, 2008 and August 13, 2012. You must understand that the decision of the Class Action Settlement Administrator is final and binding. Your claim form may be subject to audit, verification and court review. You do not have to provide proof of purchase at the time you submit your claim.
Which Skechers shoes are eligible for the refund?
Four specific models:
Podded Sole Shoes
Tone-ups (Non-Podded Sole)
How Much Will You Get?
The amount of your refund could be more (up to double), the same, or less than $40.00 for Shape-ups, $42.00 for Resistance Runner, $27.00 for Podded Sole Shoes, and $20.00 for Tone-ups (Non-Podded Sole).
Why is there a Refund?
Why is Skechers refunding at least part of your purchase price? The Federal Trade Commission charged the manufacturer of Skechers Shape-Ups (Manhattan Beach-based Skechers USA Inc.) with making unfounded claims. In May 2012, the company agreed to pay $40 million to settle the charges, providing buyers with refunds for their shoe purchases, but not compensating them for injuries.
What unfounded claims were made by Skechers? The promise was that these rocker bottom shoes would help users strengthen and tone their buttocks, legs and abs, as well as lose weight. It seemed plausible: in order to keep your balance, you had to employ different muscles while wearing the shoes, so you would get a great work-out just walking around.
Injuries? No one bought and wore these unique shoes expecting to end up in a doctor’s office or emergency room. But maybe the unstable base on toning shoes wasn’t such a great idea. As early as 2010, the American Council on Exercise completed a study which concluded that there was “simply no evidence to support the claims that these shoes will help wearers exercise more intensely, burn more calories or improve muscle strength and tone.”
The May 2011 issue of Consumer Reports claimed that toning shoes had produced more injury reports that any other product in its database. Falls and injuries resulted when users could not compensate for the unstable sole and altered gait. Stress fractures to thighbone or hips and shin splints, as well as knee problems and arch problems have been reported. The most recent claims filed by the injury law firm Wright & Schulte LLC include arm fractures.
Proof of Purchase Not Yet Required but Could Be
Payment amounts to eligible class members will vary depending upon, among other factors, the product(s) purchased, the number and amounts claimed by all class members and other adjustments and deductions as specified in the settlement agreement. If you submit a claim where the amount sought exceeds $200, the Class Action Settlement Administrator may request proof of purchase to validate your claim. If the total amount of all claims submitted by all class members exceeds the total available relief, subject to any and all applicable deductions, the Class Action Settlement Administrator may request proof of purchase to validate your claim. If requested, you must provide proof of purchase or your claim will be reduced or denied. You may not appeal the reduction or denial. Any information you provide in connection with the claim form may be submitted to a federal or state agency in the administration of the settlement.
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