Ohio gets piece of refund money from Skechers deal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio residents who bought shoes by Skechers and thought it would help them shed some pounds are getting a refund.

The state is part of a $45 million settlement announced Wednesday that resolves claims that Skechers overstated weight-loss benefits while advertising its rocker-bottom athletic shoes.

The settlement is between the Federal Trade Commission, 43 states and the District of Columbia. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the state's share will be about $156,000.

Skechers, which advertises the Shape-ups, Tone-ups, and the Skechers Resistance Runner, is now prohibited from making unsubstantiated claims about the shoes' benefits to losing weight or toning muscles.