Hawaii gets piece of Skechers settlement

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii consumers who claim they were deceived by a "sketchy" advertising campaign may be eligible for a refund.

Skechers agreed Wednesday to a $40 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over deceptive advertising practices.

An additional $5 million will be allocated to the states, with $74,907 going to Hawaii. The Office of Consumer Protection says the state will use its share to fund consumer education and enforcement of consumer protection laws.

The government accused Skechers of misleading customers when it claimed its products would lead to weight loss and improved physique. Many of the claims were tied to the company's popular Shape-ups, Tone-ups and Resistance Runner lines.

Consumers who bought Shape-ups, Tone-ups or the Resistance Runner lines and  believe they are owed restitution are urged to call the Federal Trade Commission at 866-325-4186 or visit the agency's website to find out if they are eligible for a partial refund.

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