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By Jim Donovan:  An administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission is mailing 509,175 checks to consumers who bought toning shoes from Skechers USA, Inc. that the company promoted through allegedly deceptive advertisements.

The checks must be cashed on or before October 10, 2013.  The amount consumers will receive is based on the portion of their claims that was approved. The deadline for filing a refund request has expired.

As part of its efforts to stem overhyped health claims, last year the FTC alleged that Skechers deceptively advertised its toning shoes,  including making unfounded claims that its Shape-ups shoes would help people lose weight, and strengthen and tone their buttocks, legs and abdominal muscles.  Besides Shape-ups, the FTC alleged that Skechers also made deceptive claims about its Resistance Runner, Toners, and Tone-ups shoes.

Under the terms of the FTC settlement, the funds were distributed through a court-approved class action lawsuit.  BMC Group, the court approved settlement administrator, will begin mailing checks on July 12, 2013 to eligible consumers who submitted a valid claim for a refund.

Consumers who have questions should call 1-888-325-4186.  The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information before redress checks can be cashed.

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