Refunds expected for "5 finger shoes" - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Refunds expected for "5 finger shoes"

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The company behind "five finger" barefoot-style shoes could soon be giving refunds.

Vibram USA was sued over health claims it made about the shoes, saying they could prevent injuries and strengthen muscles. Critics argue there's no science to back up these claims.

While the company denies any wrongdoing, it has agreed to pay out $3.75 million in a class-action lawsuit to anyone who bought the glove-like shoes. It will also stop making health claims in its ads.

If the settlement is approved, people who bought the shoes after March 2009 would be eligible for a $50 refund with a valid claim.

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