MULTIDISTRICT CONSOLIDATION OF SKECHERS TONING SHOE LITIGATION
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation’s Order consolidating all federal cases favors consumers nationwide.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued an order in December 2011 consolidating all federally filed personal injury cases against Skechers for injuries that plaintiffs claim were caused by the manufacturer’s rocker bottom toning shoes.
The new multidistrict litigation case is Skechers Toning Shoe Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2308). The transfer order centralizes the cases in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky before the Honorable Thomas B. Russell, a 1994 Clinton appointee to the federal bench who is on senior status in the district and has a background in overseeing complex civil litigation.
The JPML ruled today that consolidation was warranted. The panel recognized that consumers would benefit from having all the questions that Skechers has to answer before one federal judge.
In September 2011, the plaintiffs’ counsel filed a motion with the JPML to consolidate cases filed across the nation against Skechers. They argued that transfer and coordination would serve the just and efficient conduct of the litigation, and the JPML agreed.
Skechers manufactures rocker bottom toning shoe – called Skechers Shape-Ups – and has said the footwear provides several health benefits. However, as of May 2011, Consumer Reports has documented that Skechers has seen more reports of injuries or complaints than any other product in its database.
These injuries are not surprising, because by altering gait mechanics and creating instability, Skechers Shape-Ups place consumers at increased risk for chronic injuries, such as stress fractures and tendon ruptures, as well as acute injuries from falling.
A 2010 Consumer Reports study cautioned the public about toning shoe injuries. “If you want to tone your legs and buttocks, we think you’re better off spending time in the gym than wearing shoes that could send you to the couch with your foot in a cast,” the study said.
Davis & Crump is now handling claims for individuals who have been injured by Skechers toning shoes. Davis & Crump is experienced in product liability cases and settlements. If you or a loved one has been injured by Skechers toning shoes, contact us at 1-800-277-0300 or send us an email at email@example.com.