Blood Hurst & O'Reardon, LLP: Skechers Reaches $45 Million Settlement in Toning Shoe Litigation

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Blood Hurst & O'Reardon, LLP: Skechers Reaches $45 Million Settlement in Toning Shoe Litigation

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SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A $45 million settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit over Skechers, USA, Inc.'s "toning" footwear known as Shape-ups, Tone-ups, Skechers Resistance Runner, and Shape-ups Toners.

Consumers alleged in the lawsuit that Skechers' toning shoes were falsely advertised to improve posture, promote weight loss, strengthen the back, improve blood circulation, promote sleep, reduce stress, reduce physical stress on knees, legs and ankle joints, and burn calories.  The settlement was reached in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission and 44 states and the District of Columbia.

If approved by the court, the proposed settlement will result in cash refunds for each pair of shoes purchased in the following amounts:

Shoes

Initial Amount

Maximum Amount (if money is available)

Shape-ups

$40.00

$80.00

Podded Sole Shoes

$27.00

$54.00

Tone-ups (Non-Podded Sole)

$20.00

$40.00

Resistance Runner

$42.00

$84.00

To be eligible for a refund, purchasers must submit a valid claim.  Claims can be submitted online at www.skecherssettlement.com.  For further information, visit www.bholaw.com, www.milberg.com or www.ftc.gov, or call 866-325-4186.  The actual amount claimants will receive will depend on the number of valid claims submitted. 

"This settlement represents an excellent recovery for consumers," said Timothy Blood of Blood Hurst & O'Reardon, LLP, one of the lawyers representing consumers.   

"If you bought these shoes, you should submit a claim," added Janine Pollack, of Milberg LLP, another of the lawyers representing consumers.

Blood Hurst & O'Reardon represents consumers, insurance policy holders and investors in class action litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.  Milberg LLP, founded in 1965, was one of the first law firms to prosecute class actions in federal courts on behalf of investors and consumers.  The firm pioneered this type of litigation and is widely recognized as a leader in defending the rights of victims of corporate and other large-scale wrongdoing.  The consumers were also represented by Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, P.C., Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP, and Edgar Law Firm, LLC.

Contact:
Timothy Blood, Esq.
tblood@bholaw.com
Blood Hurst & O'Reardon, LLP
701 B Street, Suite 1700
San Diego, CA 92101
619-338-1100

Janine Pollack, Esq.
jpollack@milberg.com
Milberg LLP
One Pennsylvania Plaza, 49th Floor
New York, NY  10119

SOURCE Blood Hurst & O'Reardon, LLP

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