INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Consumers who purchased certain pairs of Skechers shoes could financially benefit from a recent settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and Skechers USA, Inc.
Attorney General Greg Zoeller, R-Ind., announced Friday customers who purchased Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups or Resistance Runners after Aug. 1, 2008, are eligible for a partial refund in the $40 million settlement.
The settlement stems from the FTC and 43 states, including Indiana, filed a settlement against Skechers USA for false claims that the company's rocker-bottom lines of shoes help consumers lose weight.
In a separate settlement against, RealNetworks, Inc., a digital services company, will have to pay $2 million in full restitution to customers who were unknowlingly charged by signing up for free trials on monthly subscriptions.
That settlement applies to consumers victimized between Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2009
"Settlements between companies and the states can provide unique opportunities for consumers who feel they have been ripped off to receive full or partial refunds," Zoeller said.
Consumers can apply for the Skechers refund by visiting www.skecherssettlement.com or calling 866-325-4186.
Also, consumers are eligible for a refund if they contacted RealNetworks' customer service representatives to cancel a subscription to one of the products, but were unsuccessful, resulting in unwanted charges after the cancellation attempt.
Possibly eligible consumers for the RealNetworks settlement should visit www.realnetworksrestitution by Aug. 22 to submit a claim.
The Attorney General's office reminds consumers to be cautious when signing up for free trial offers.
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