You might be entitled to a refund. Reebok has agreed to pay $25 million in customer refunds to settle a suit brought by the FTC claiming the company was guilty of using deceptive advertising. In a New York Times article a Reebok spokesman was quoted as saying that the company agreed to settle the matter in order to avoid a protracted legal battle with the Federal Trade Commission. (A., Martin and A., O’Connor -NY Times, September 28, 2011)
The FTC claims that Reebok violated sections 45(a) of the US Code which covers unfair or deceptive acts and §52 which prohibits false advertisements and that §53(b) of Code authorizes the FTC to request Temporary Restraining Orders and Preliminary Injunctions in the US District Courts under such circumstances.
The bottom line is that even though Reebok has signed off on a settlement with the FTC to stop claiming that their EasyTone and RunTone products will tone certain body parts, no monies will be forthcoming until a District Court judge from Ohio approves the Settlement Agreement between Reebok and the FTC. ANY and all refunds if authorized would be coming directly from the Federal Trade Commission or from a court-approved class action settlement. But Consent Decrees Orders will only have the force of law when approved and signed by a District Court judge.
Under the Agreed Settlement Agreement, Reebok is barred from:
- Making Claims about Toning: claiming that the shoes or apparel are effective in strengthening muscles.
- Making Any Health or Fitness-Related Efficacy Claims: unless the claims are true and backed by scientific evidence.
- Misrepresenting any tests, studies, or research results regarding toning shoes and other toning apparel.
And Reebok will make $25 million dollars available for refunds.
If you bought any EasyTone, RunTone or EasyTone running or wearing apparel go to www.reeboksettlement.com/ftc to fill-in a Refund Request Form and email it to GCG, Inc. (the Garden City Group) which is the company that will be processing the claim forms for this class action settlement.