Settlement Site for Vibram Class Action Suit Opens

Complaint alleged company made false health claims for FiveFingers shoes.

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Consumers who bought Vibram FiveFingers shoes between March 21, 2009 and May 27, 2014 can now file a claim as part of the class action suit that the company settled earlier this month. Claims are being accepted online at a site created after the settlement.

As reported earlier on Runner's World Newswire, in March 2012 Valerie Bezdek brought a class action suit against Vibram, alleging that Vibram deceived consumers by advertising that the footwear could reduce foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles, without basing those assertions on scientific evidence. Vibram settled to put the matter to rest and avoid additional legal expenses. “Vibram expressly denied and continues to deny any wrongdoing alleged in the Actions, and neither admits nor concedes any actual or potential fault, wrongdoing or liability,” read the court brief.

Claimants can seek to be reimbursed for up to two pairs of FiveFingers; no proof of purchase is necessary to file a claim. Vibram will award up to a maximum of $94 per pair, although the agreement acknowledges that, based on similar settlements, it is reasonable for class members to expect to receive between $20 and $50 per pair. The deadline for submitting a claim is September 24, 2014.

In addition to putting $3.75 million into an escrow account to pay for filed claims, the settlement requires Vibram to stop making health claims for FiveFingers unless scientific evidence arises to support such claims.


Vibram Agrees to Settle Class Action Lawsuit

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