Mo. joins settlement with shoe-maker

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri has joined most states and the federal government in a settlement with Skechers USA over shoes marketed as helping people lose weight and tone muscles.

Attorney General Chris Koster says the settlement involves Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups and Skechers Resistance Runner athletic shoes. Customers will be able to get a partial refund of about $20 per pair of shares. Claims can be filed on telephone hotline 866-325-4186 or online at www.ftc.gov/skechers .

Koster says Skechers made health claims that could not be proved. He says he is pleased customers will get some money back.

Skechers admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement.

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