Vt. To Get $70,000 In Shoe Settlement

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Vermont’s attorney general says Vermont will share in a settlement with a footwear company over unsubstantiated health claims about its shoes.

Skechers USA will pay $40 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission that the company made unfounded claims that its Shape-ups shoes would help people lose weight and strengthen muscles.

The settlement also involves the company’s Resistance Runner, Toners and Tone-ups shoes.

Consumers who bought the shoes will be eligible for refunds.

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell said Wednesday that Skechers will pay 43 states and Washington, D.C., a total of $5 million for deceptive advertising, of which Vermont will get $70,000.

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