Columbus, OH (PRWEB) January 23, 2013
Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced law firm and Ohio personal injury law firm, continues to investigate Skechers Shape-Ups lawsuits on behalf of consumers who suffered serious injuries, allegedly as a result of Skechers toning shoes. Hundreds of Skechers Shape-Ups lawsuits have been filed in the Skechers Toning Shoes Products Liability Litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky (MDL 2308). According to court documents, plaintiffs allege that use of Skechers Shape-Ups caused severe lateral instability, leading to serious injuries including:
Richard W. Schulte, a partner with Wright & Schulte LLC, is serving on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the federal Skechers Shape-Ups litigation. The Firm is currently offering free personal injury lawsuit consultations to anyone who suffered a serious injury while using Skechers Shape-Ups, including ankle, hip and wrist fractures, tendon and ligament damage, and head and spinal cord injuries. For more information on filing a Skechers Shape-Ups lawsuit, or to arrange for a free legal consultation, please visit http://www.yourlegalhelp.com, or call 1-800-399-0795.
Skechers Shape-Ups Lawsuit Timeline
April 2009: Skechers Shape-Ups Toning Shoes are launched. According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), advertisements for the toning shoes promise that wearing Skechers Shape-Ups will allow users to “Shape Up While You Walk,” and “Get in Shape without Setting Foot in a Gym.” Marketing for Skechers Shape-Ups also claims that the shoes are designed to promote weight loss and tone muscles.
2010: Sales of Skechers Shape-Ups and other brands of toning shoes peak at $1 billion, according to the FTC.
July 2010: A toning shoe study conducted by the American Council on Exercise (ACE)reports 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." The study, which looked at Skechers Shape-Ups and two other brands of toning shoes, also found that the shoes “may alter the walking gait mechanics of wearers and, in some cases, potentially cause problems for those who may already be at risk for lower-extremity issues.”
May 2011: Consumer Reports announces it has received more reports of injuries related to Skechers Shape-Ups and other toning shoes compared to any other product in its database. Injuries reported included tendinitis, foot, leg, and hip pain, and broken bones requiring surgery.
May 2012: The manufacturer of Skechers Shape-Ups agrees to pay $40 million to settle FTC charges that it deceived consumers about the benefits of Skechers toning shoes. The FTC had charged that the company made unfounded claims that Shape-Ups would help people lose weight, and strengthen and tone their buttocks, legs and abdominal muscles. Consumers who bought Skechers toning shoes were able to receive refunds either directly from the FTC or through a court-approved class action lawsuit. The settlement did not include compensation for injuries allegedly caused by Skechers Shape-Ups.
December 2011: The U.S. Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation orders that all Skechers Shape-Ups injury lawsuits be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation and transferred to U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky (In Re: Skechers Toning Shoes Products Liability Litigation - MDL 2308). According to court documents, plaintiffs allege use of Skechers Shape-Ups resulted in hospitalizations, surgeries and even permanent disability.
August 2012: In an Order dated August 22, 2012, Wright & Schulte LLC partner, Richard W. Schulte, is appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in Skechers Toning Shoes Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2308.
There is still time for individuals allegedly injured by Skechers toning shoes to file Skechers Shape-Ups lawsuits in the federal proceeding. Wright & Schulte LLC is already representing numerous plaintiffs in the Skechers Shape-Ups litigation, and continues to offer free case evaluations to anyone who sustained broken bones, head or spinal cord injuries, and ligament and tendon damage while wearing Skechers Shape-Ups. To arrange for a free legal consultation, please visit yourlegalhelp.com, or call 1-888-365-2602.
About Wright & Schulte LLC
Wright & Schulte LLC, a leading personal injury firm, is dedicated to the belief that America’s legal system should work for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright & Schulte LLC stand up for the rights of people who have been injured or wronged by defective drugs and their side effects, complications from defective medical devices, and unsafe consumer products, and fight tirelessly to ensure that even the world’s most powerful corporations take responsibility for their actions. If you’re looking for a law firm that will guarantee the aggressive and personal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Free case evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com, or call 1-800-399-0795.
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