RI to receive about $73K from Skechers settlement

Rhode Island to receive about $73K from multistate settlement with Skechers over shoe ads

Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island is receiving about $73,000 from a multistate settlement reached with Skechers USA Inc. over allegations it made unfounded claims that its Shape-ups shoes provided health benefits.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the state's portion of the settlement on Wednesday.

The footwear company has agreed to pay $40 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission that it made unfounded claims that its Shape-ups shoes would help people lose weight and strengthen their butt, leg and stomach muscles.

In a court filing, Skechers says it disputes the charges and is pursuing additional studies of its shoes.

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