Footwear manufacturer Vibram will have to pay about 150,000 claims in a class-action lawsuit settled over its FiveFingers shoes. The settlement pending in federal court in Massachusetts must still be finally approved by the court.
The case is entitled Bezdek vs. Vibram. Valerie Bezdek in 2012 brought the case against Vibram, claiming the company deceived consumers by advertising the footwear could reduce foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles without basing those assertions on scientific evidence.
Vibram agreed in May to a $3.75 million settlement to end the case. The claims administrator received 154,927 timely claims filed for FiveFingers purchased between March 21, 2009, and May 27, 2014.