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Indiana receives settlement from Sketchers for false claims about shoe benefits

May 17, 2012

Indiana will receive more than $105,000 from Sketchers USA from a settlement for falsely claiming some of its shoes could help consumers lose weight and tone up.

Indiana, along with the Federal Trade Commission, 43 states, and the District of Columbia sued Sketchers in multistate lawsuits because the plaintiffs alleged Sketchers made unsubstantiated health-related claims pertaining to its Shape-ups, Tone-ups, and Resistance Runner shoes.

As part of the settlement, Sketchers – which did not admit any wrongdoing and denies the allegations in the complaints – has set aside $40 million for consumer refunds and $5 million to go to the states.

The money Indiana receives will go into the Consumer Protection Fund, which provides consumer education, training and litigation expenses.

 

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