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Ohioans To Receive Skechers Refunds

According to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, these claims by Skechers were, well, sketchy.

"Now you can get in shape without setting foot in a gym. Work out while you walk. New from Skechers - it's Shape Ups, the newest in exercise equipment."

Ohio and Tennessee led a group of states in investigating Skechers' statements that wearing its Shape Ups, Tone Ups and Resistance Runner shoes would lead to weight loss, higher calorie burns, firmer muscles, less cellulite and improved circulation. The AGs found there wasn't much evidence to back up those claims. The Federal Trade Commission now says the shoe maker will pay $40 million to customers who file for refunds, and up to $5 million to the 42 states and the District of Columbia. Ohio will get a little over $156,000 of that.

Rick Jackson is a senior host and producer at Ideastream Public Media. He hosts the "Sound of Ideas" on WKSU and "NewsDepth" on WVIZ.