Vibram USA, the company that created FiveFingers shoes agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement leaving customers entitled to a refund.
In March 2012, Valerie Bezdek brought a class-action lawsuit against the company over health claims it made about its shoes, according to Runner’s World. Vibram advertised that the barefoot-style shoes could prevent foot injuries and strengthen muscles. However, critics argue there is no scientific evidence to back up these claims.
Although Vibram maintains that it did nothing wrong, the company has agreed to pay out $3.75 million to customers who bought the shoes, and it must stop making health claims in its ads.
If the settlement is approved, anyone who bought the shoes after March 21, 2009, would be eligible for a refund of up to $94 per pair.
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