Vibram To Pay $3.75M In Barefoot Shoe Class Settlement

By Kaitlyn Kiernan (May 1, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT) -- Vibram USA Inc. will pay $3.75 million to settle claims alleging it lied about scientific research showing the benefits of barefoot-style running to support sales of its recently trendy glove-like, five-toed running shoes.

In addition to the cash settlement, Vibram will stop certain marketing and advertising campaigns related to its barefoot-style shoes and the physical and health benefits of such projects. Vibram continues to deny all claims in the case, according to a proposed settlement filed Wednesday.

"Whether or not you really like the shoes doesn't matter," Janine Pollack, lead counsel for the class, said Thursday. "In the end, we believe...

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