Skechers Shape-ups $40 million FTC Settlement
This past May, Skechers USA, Inc. agreed to pay $40 million to settle charges that it deceived consumers with misleading advertisements, making claims that merely walking in the Skechers Shape-ups would help people lose weight, strengthen and ton muscles, and improve posture. However, independent studies and multi-state investigations by the Federal Trade Commission discovered none of these claims had any solid scientific basis. According to the settlement agreements, people who purchased a pair of Skechers Shape-ups can receive a refund of as much as $40, and bars Skechers from running other types of false advertisements.
How the FTC Settlement Affects Skechers Shape-ups Injury Claimants
The class action lawsuit filed by the FTC focused on the false advertising campaigns Skechers used to sell millions of pairs of Shape-ups at $100 a pair, and the settlement only gives consumers a partial refund for the value of the shoe. For those who have been seriously injured from wearing the Shape-ups, the FTC settlement does not acknowledge or compensate injured parties for the damages incurred as a result of wearing the unsafe shoes. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Skechers accident, it is critical to have your case reviewed by a professional Skechers Shape-ups injury lawyer regarding your rights to seek compensation.
Dangerous by Design
Several medical specialists, particularly podiatrists and chiropractors have raised concerns regarding the safety of kinetic wedge sole heels like the Shape-ups. The so-called “micro-instability” may actually cause enough instability to cause serious injury accidents. In addition to the scientific papers that have been published regarding the safety and effectiveness of the Skechers Shape-ups, hundreds of consumer injury reports have linked the shoes and similar toning shoes with serious injuries such as:
- Broken bones/fractures
- Joint dislocation
- Hip fractures
- Fall accidents
- Achilles tendinitis
- Back injuries
- Overstraining the muscles
Skechers’ Duty to Provide Safe Products
In all of the studies Skechers funded to gather misleading results regarding the weight-loss potential of the shoes, the company failed to conduct any safety tests or provide any warnings. Many have called the Shape-ups’ design inherently unsafe, and in its review of the shoes, Consumer Reports warned persons with underlying balance issues or bone density problems to avoid the shoes for their safety. In 2010 alone, Skechers made more than $1 billion selling toning shoes like the Shape-ups, and risking the safety of consumers throughout the nation.
Skechers Mass Tort Injury Lawsuit
The Skechers injury lawyers at Estey Bomberger are preparing a mass tort injury claim against Skechers on behalf of more than 60 claimants. Unlike the class action case filed by the FTC, a mass tort claim will enable each party to negotiate and receive a full and fair compensation according to his or her needs, including compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages pertaining to the shoes. If you are considering legal action after incurring severe injuries related to the Shape-ups, please contact us for a free consultation at (800) 925-0723.