Columbus, OH (PRWEB) July 07, 2013
A Skechers lawsuit has been filed by Wright & Schulte’s attorneys on behalf of an Iowa woman who fell and suffered a severe ankle fracture allegedly due to the unstable design of Shape-Ups toning shoes. This Skechers Injury Lawsuit (Case No. 3:13-cv-00444-TBR) was filed on April 29, 2013 and is part of MDL 2308. As with other Skechers lawsuits recently filed by Wright & Schulte, this case will be heard 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.
According to the Skechers lawsuit (Case No. 3:13-cv-00444-TBR), the plaintiff purchased her Shape-Ups in November 2010 after being persuaded by various ads that these shoes had could allegedly provide wearers with a number of health benefits. In fact, along with claiming that Shape-Ups could help wearers improve the muscle tone of their legs, buttocks and abs, Skechers ads also contended that wearing these shoes could help consumers get in shape without having to go to the gym.
Within six months regularly wearing Shape-Ups, the complaint alleges that the plaintiff fell while walking on a flat surface when the unstable rocker bottom of one of her Shape-Ups rolled inwards and severely twisted her ankle. Upon seeking emergency medical care and getting x-rayed, the plaintiff was told by medical professionals that she had fractured her right ankle and would have to wear a cast on it for approximately six weeks. While wearing the cast, the plaintiff was allegedly unable to work and suffered a loss of income. Additionally, after the cast was eventually removed, the plaintiff had to undergo extensive physical therapy to try to regain some of the strength and mobility in her injured right ankle.
Court documents go on to detail that “the health risks of Skechers outweigh the absence of any benefit provided to [individuals who wear Shape-Ups]” and that the defective rocker-bottom design of Skechers Shape-Ups was directly responsible for causing the plaintiff's injuries.
The $40 Million Class-Action Skechers Lawsuit Settlement
Skechers claims in its ads regarding Shape-Ups alleged health benefits have not been validated by a credible scientific research, allege court documents. In fact, an independent study overseen 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.” [acefitness.org/getfit/studies/toningshoes072010.pdf June 2010]
The misrepresentation of Skechers Shape-Ups health benefits has been the basis of thousands of product liability lawsuits filed against the company and has cost Skechers millions in settlement awards to consumers. In May 2013, a federal judge approved a Skechers 40 million settlement in a class-action Skechers lawsuit based on hundreds of thousands of consumer claims that Skechers intentionally mislead consumers in its Shape-Ups advertising. As part of this ruling, the court also found that Skechers is no longer allowed to run ads for its toning shoes.
[bigstory.ap.org/article/judge-oks-class-action-settlement-over-skechers May 2013]
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