Skechers USA, which claimed its shoes could make you thinner and tone your muscles, agreed to pay $40 million to consumers in more than 40 states, including Maryland.
Regulators in those states and the Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement with the California-based company which was accused of making unsupported claims. Skechers made Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups and Resistance Runner athletic shoes. The shoes cost up to $100 a pair.
If you bought a pair of those shoes, get info on how to make a claim for a partial refund online with the FTC at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/05/consumerrefund.shtm or by calling 1-866-325-4186.
The company also is paying $5 million to the states, including $111,000 to Maryland.