Under the terms of the proposed Vibram class action settlement, Class Members who submit valid and completed Claim Forms will be eligible for refunds, up to a maximum of $94 per pair of shoes purchased. However, because the settlement will be paid on a pro rata basis, it is expected that Class Members who submit timely and valid Claim Forms will receive a refund in the range of $20 to $50 per pair. Any money that remains after all claims have been distributed will be donated to the American Heart Association to use for research about the health benefits of running.
Vibram has also agreed to discontinue certain aspects of its advertising and marketing campaign. Specifically, the company says it will no longer make claims that the FiveFingers shoes are effective at strengthening muscles or preventing injury unless those claims are supported by reliable scientific evidence. Under the terms of the class action settlement, Vibram will also refrain from making any other claims about the health benefits of the FiveFingers footwear unless they are supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence.
Vibram has denied any wrongdoing but agreed to settle the FiveFingers class action lawsuit to avoid the expense and uncertainty of trial.
Given what the judge said when Vibram filed to get the case dismissed, the writing was on the wall that they would probably have to settle as their chances of succeeding in this were not looking good. All the evidence that has been published since this suit was filed also points against a chance of Vibram successfully defending this case.
All the predictions and claims by the fan boys as to what would happen to this case did not come to fruition. I guess all their despicable online bullying of the lead claimant in this case did not deter her.