A Skechers Lawsuit Has Been Filed By The Attorneys At Wright & Schulte On Behalf Of A Woman From Indiana Who Fractured Her Foot In Multiple Places Allegedly Due To The Unstable Rocker Bottom Design Of Shape-Ups.
Wright & Schulte’s product liability attorneys have filed another Skechers lawsuit on behalf of an Indiana woman. This claims that the plaintiff fell, sustained multiple foot fractures and had to wear a boot for two months due to wearing the allegedly defectively designed Shape-Ups toning shoes. This Skechers lawsuit also contends that Skechers intentionally misrepresented the safety and effectiveness of Shape-Ups in its advertising for these toning shoes. This case (Case No. 3:13-cv-00452-TBR) is part of MDL 2308 and was filed on April 29, 2013 in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Kentucky, Louisville Division.
Wright & Schulte, LLC specializes in defending the rights of those who have suffered severe injuries after using products with defective or dangerous designs. Our experienced Skechers attorneys have a proven track record of successfully going up against large corporations. We welcome individuals who think that they have been injured due to these toning shoes to speak to our Skechers lawyers by visiting yourlegalhelp.com or by calling 1-800-399-0795.
Foot Fractures Caused By Shape-Ups’ Dangerous Design, Alleges Skechers Lawsuit
The complaint for this Skechers lawsuit (Case No. 3:13-cv-00452-TBR) details how the plaintiff’s use of Shape-Ups caused her to develop serious foot injuries. According to court documents, the plaintiff bought her Shape-Ups in April 2011. Within about one month of regularly wearing her Shape-Ups, the plaintiff had been walking on a flat surface when the unstable rocker bottom of one of her shoes turned inwards, causing her to fall and suffer from excruciating foot pain.
Upon seeking medical attention and undergoing x-rays, the plaintiff was informed that she had fractured her foot in multiple places and that she would have to wear a boot for about two months. Once the boot was removed from her injured foot, the plaintiff also underwent extensive physical therapy. While the plaintiff lost three months of income because her Skechers foot injuries prevented her from being able to work, she also continues to have limited use of her injured foot due to these severe injuries.
The $40 Million Class-Action Skechers Lawsuit Settlement
In addition to alleging that Shape-Ups’ defective design caused the plaintiff’s serious injuries, this Skechers lawsuit also contends that the plaintiff had originally purchased Shape-Ups due to the alleged health benefits touted in the various ads for these toning shoes. Specifically, while Skechers ads claimed that wearing these shoes could improve muscle tone in the legs, buttocks and abdominal muscles, these ads also alleged that regularly wearing Shape-Ups could help consumers improve their circulation and posture.
However, as the complaint contends, Skechers’ claims about Shape-Ups’ health benefits have not been validated by reliable scientific research. In fact, an independent study conducted by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) at the University of Wisconsin found that, “there is simply no evidence to support the claims that these shoes will help wearers exercise more intensely, burn more calories or improve muscle strength and tone.” [http://www.acefitness.org/getfit/studies/toningshoes072010.pdf ] [June 2010]
Allegations that Skechers’ has overrepresented the safety and effectiveness of Shape-Ups’ have spurred thousands of lawsuits and have cost Skechers millions in settlements to consumers throughout the U.S. In fact, in May 2013, a federal judge approved a $40 million settlement in a class-action Skechers lawsuit based on more than 500,000 consumer claims that Skechers intentionally misrepresented the health benefits of Shape-Ups in its advertising. In his ruling, the judge also ordered Skechers to stop running misleading ads for its toning shoes.
[http://bigstory.ap.org/article/judge-oks-class-action-settlement-over-skechers] [May 2013]
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