Skechers Shape-Ups Injury Lawsuits Allege “Rocker Bottom” Sole Design Allegedly Caused Users of Skechers Shape-Ups Toning Shoes to Suffer Serious Injuries, Including Head Trauma, Dislocations, Hip Fractures, Broken Ankles, Femur Fractures, and Tendinitis
Dayton, OH (PRWEB) July 18, 2012
The nationwide law firm of Wright & Schulte LLC is investigating potential Skechers Shape-Ups injury lawsuits on behalf of individuals who suffered tendinitis, back injuries, head trauma, dislocations, hip fractures, broken ankles, femur fractures and other serious injuries, allegedly due to the use of Skechers Shape-Ups toning shoes. Numerous consumers throughout the country have filed skechers injury lawsuits alleging the “rocker bottom” sole design utilized by Skechers Shape-Ups altered their gait and caused severe lateral instability, resulting in debilitating injuries. In December 2011, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all Skechers Shape-Ups injury lawsuits filed in federal courts throughout the U.S. in a multidistrict litigation, and transferred the cases to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in Louisville (MDL No. 2308). According to Wright & Schulte LLC, dozens of lawsuits are already pending in the Western District of Kentucky, and the firm expects that more plaintiffs will join the Skechers Shape-Ups litigation in the near future. [kywd.uscourts.gov/multidistrict-litigation/mdl-2308/associated-cases]
Advertising for Skechers Shape-Ups toning shoes claimed that the shoe’s rocker bottom sole design would allow users to “Shape Up While You Walk” and “Shape Up While You Work.” Wearing Skechers Shape-Ups in place of other athletic shoes during daily activities, exercise routines, and in the workplace was supposed to provide the wearer with numerous health benefits, including improved cardiac function. However, according to an article published by Consumer Reports in 2011, toning shoes like Skechers Shape-Ups had been in named in more injury reports than any other product in its database. [news.consumerreports.org/safety/2011/05/are-toning-shoes-unsafe-reports-of-injuries-raise-concern.html]
In May 2012, Skechers, USA, Inc. reached a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to pay $40 million to resolve charges that the company made deceptive claims about the health and fitness benefits of its toning shoes, including Skechers Shape-Ups. The agreement requires Skechers, USA, Inc. to pay refunds to consumers who purchased the company’s toning shoes, and prohibits the company from making future claims about certain health and fitness benefits “unless they are true and backed by scientific evidence.” However it should be noted that the FTC’s settlement does not address injuries allegedly caused by Skechers Shape-Ups, which is the focus of the lawsuits currently pending in the Western District of Kentucky.
Wright & Schulte LLC offers free lawsuit evaluations to victims of alleged Skechers Shape-Ups injuries. If you or a loved one suffered head trauma, broken bones, dislocations, tendinitis or another serious injury that may have been caused by Skechers Shape-Ups, please visit http://www.yourlegalhelp.com, or call 1-800-399-0795 to learn more about your options for legal recourse.
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