Maryland Product Liability Attorney Celebrates Multidistrict Consolidation of Skechers Toning Shoe Litigation

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Baltimore personal injury attorney Robert K. Jenner of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, says that the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation’s Order consolidating all federal cases favors consumers nationwide.

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Baltimore personal injury attorney Robert K. Jenner

We are extremely pleased that the panel recognized that consumers would benefit from having all the questions that Skechers has to answer before one federal judge.

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued an order today consolidating all federally filed personal injury cases against Skechers for injuries that plaintiffs claim were caused by the manufacturer’s rocker bottom toning shoes.

The new multidistrict litigation case is Skechers Toning Shoe Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2308). The transfer order centralizes the cases in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky before the Honorable Thomas B. Russell, a 1994 Clinton appointee to the federal bench who is on senior status in the district and has a background in overseeing complex civil litigation.

“The JPML ruled today that consolidation was warranted. We are extremely pleased that the panel recognized that consumers would benefit from having all the questions that Skechers has to answer before one federal judge,” said Robert K. Jenner, a Baltimore personal injury attorney with the law firm of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC.

Jenner, along with Kentucky attorneys Ronald E. Johnson, Jr., and Jay Vaughn, represent injured consumers nationwide who have filed federal toning shoe injury lawsuits against Skechers Fitness Group, Skechers, USA, Inc., Skechers and USA, Inc. II (collectively “Skechers.”)

In September 2011, the plaintiffs’ counsel filed a motion with the JPML to consolidate cases filed across the nation against Skechers.

“We argued that transfer and coordination would serve the just and efficient conduct of the litigation, and the JPML agreed,” Jenner said.

Skechers manufactures rocker bottom toning shoes – called Skechers Shape-Ups – and has said the footwear provides several health benefits. However, as of May 2011, Consumer Reports has documented that Skechers has seen more reports of injuries or complaints than any other product in its database.

“These injuries are not surprising, because by altering gait mechanics and creating instability, we believe Skechers Shape-Ups place consumers at increased risk for chronic injuries, such as stress fractures and tendon ruptures, as well as acute injuries from falling,” Johnson said.

Jenner’s law firm website, http://www.toningshoesinjury.com, lists some of the accidents and injuries that have been associated with toning shoes, including broken bones and stress fractures.

A 2010 Consumer Reports study cautioned the public about toning shoe injuries.

“If you want to tone your legs and buttocks, we think you’re better off spending time in the gym than wearing shoes that could send you to the couch with your foot in a cast,” the study said.

About Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC

The law firm of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, is a nationally recognized law firm dedicated to representing victims of defective products, medical devices, prescription drugs and medical malpractice. Each of the firm’s principals is named in The Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®. The firm has offices in Baltimore, Maryland; Columbia, South Carolina; and Asheville, North Carolina. The firm accepts clients and referrals from clients and attorneys throughout the country. For more information about claims related to toning shoe injuries, contact the firm at (888) 463-3529 or through the firm's website at http://www.toningshoesinjury.com and http://www.myadvocates.com.

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