The American diet and exercise industry is worth billions of dollars. People are always looking for the next item they can buy that will return them to a healthy weight. Unfortunately, unethical companies can exploit this understandable desire for a profit they haven’t earned.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has accused Skechers of deceptive advertising for false claims that Shape-ups would provide certain muscle-strengthening benefits. If you suffered an injury as a result of using your Shape-ups, you should speak with our defective product lawyers immediately.
How Skechers Shape-Ups Can Injure You
The Skechers Shape-ups is a somewhat oversized shoe with a diagonally curved bottom. They’re designed to be more comfortable and provide a more “natural” stride to consumers. It is also an exceptionally expensive shoe; the first version of Skechers Shape-ups cost about $100.
However, Skechers was not satisfied with selling their Shape-ups as a more comfortable shoe. Instead, in a series of commercials that aired after the shoe became widely available, Skechers made unfounded claims that their Shape-ups could tone and “energize” muscles and even cause buyers to lose weight.
The biggest danger with the Skechers Shape-ups comes from walking in an awkward, unfamiliar shoe. It can change your stride and put you in danger of falling, stepping dangerously or twisting an ankle.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you fight for compensation if you’ve been hurt by your Skechers Shape-ups. Frequent injuries from Shape-ups include:
- Foot/leg/hip fractures
- Broken bones
- Ruptured tendons
- Fall-related injuries
How Skechers Misled America About its Shape-ups
In May of 2012, the FTC announced they had settled a lawsuit with Skechers that alleged the company had repeatedly, dramatically, and knowingly misled its customers with its advertisements. One commercial featured a chiropractor discussing an “independent” study that proved Skechers’ claims. However, the chiropractor in question is married to a Skechers executive and was paid to perform the study.
The FTC settlement is worth $40 million.
If you bought Skechers Shape-ups because of the company’s misleading advertising between August 1, 2008, and August 13, 2010, you are eligible to take part in the settlement. Our experienced defective products lawyers can help you participate and get what you are entitled to as someone injured by Skechers Shape-ups.
However, you must move quickly. Claim forms must be submitted by April 18, 2013.
If you’ve been injured while wearing Skechers Shape-ups, you need a defective products or personal injury lawyer. Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates today for a free consultation. We serve clients in Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, and Aiken, South Carolina.