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Feds call shenanigans on Skechers for 'Shape-ups' claims


SoCal sole-makers, Skechers, seem to have stepped in it, as false-advertising claims regarding the company's "Shape-ups" and other toning shoes have strutted the company into a proposed $40 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

The FTC targeted fitness claims made in advertisements. The feds put their foot down and settled with Reebok last year over similar false advertising claims, reports NBC LA.

"Skechers’ unfounded claims went beyond stronger and more toned muscles. The company even made claims about weight loss and cardiovascular health," said David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a press release.

If approved by the court, the proposed settlement will result in cash refunds for each pair of shoes purchased in the following amounts:


Police sting nets 18 men for allegedly cruising in Manhattan Beach bathroom

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The beaches are now safe after police conducted a sting against bathroom cruisers in Manhattan Beach.

Let it never be said that Manhattan Beach police -- or for that matter, the city’s Daily Breeze newspaper -- aren’t doing all they can to protect the public.

Certainly not after their fine work Tuesday, when 18 men were arrested -- then outed and shamed forever, with their names and faces posted online by the Breeze -- for allegedly cruising in a beachside restroom.

Police say they became aware last month that the bathroom, located at the end of Marine Avenue, was a popular cruise spot after lifeguards noticed men going in and staying for too long. The restroom had also been vandalized, with peep holes (also known as “glory holes”) carved into the stall walls.

Lifeguards reported the suspicious activity, and the Manhattan Beach Police Department decided to set up a sting operation.

The sting doesn’t appear to have been too complicated: According to the Breeze, police staked out the place and sent in undercover detectives to see if they could find any action. They could, repeatedly -- and a total of 18 men were busted and charged with such crimes as lewd conduct in public, loitering, invasion of privacy and indecent exposure.