Vibram FiveFingers Settle Class Action Lawsuit

I  previously covered the allegation and provided some commentary on the suit. A settlement was filed on Wednesday. According to TopClassActions.com:

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.

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10 Responses to Vibram FiveFingers Settle Class Action Lawsuit

  1. Mike May 5, 2014 at 4:49 am #

    How do we get in on this claim?
    I have 3 pairs to claim, so I can buy 3 new pair of Vibrams.

  2. April May 7, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    How do I get a claim submission form? Any ideas???

  3. Tany May 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    I have three pairs of these. Would love to know when the website is open.

  4. Brian May 30, 2014 at 3:49 am #

    I’ve been running/hiking with in my KSOs for more than three years now without any injuries. Anyone who does their research knows that you need to change your stride when running barefoot or while wearing Vibrams.

    I just filled out my claim and as soon as the money is awarded I’ll be spending it on a new pair of Vibrams. If the money isn’t claimed then it will just go to the scumbag lawyers.

    • Craig Payne May 30, 2014 at 3:54 am #

      As you were then not mislead by the claims that Vibram made, why are you joining the class action? Are you comfortable committing fraud?

      • Toby June 16, 2014 at 5:22 am #

        Just because he enjoys Vibrams doesn’t mean he wasn’t mislead or that he’s committing fraud.

        For example: if it were found out that Cheerios doesn’t help lower cholesterol (as their ads claim), but I liked the way they taste, I would have been mislead about the health benefits, but I could still choose to continue to buy them because they’re delicious.

        • Craig Payne June 16, 2014 at 8:29 am #

          Actually he is! By joining the class action you are admitting you were mislead by the health claims that were made by Vibram and did not get the health gains that they claimed you would.. The analogy you use makes no sense.

  5. Wayne September 23, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    I have a pair of Bikila Vibrams and I have never had any problems whatsoever, in fact I would say that I have experienced the stated health benefits.

    I no longer have foot pain, my posture is better and I keep getting personal bests on all my running routes.

    • Craig Payne September 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

      But that is not what the case was about. It was about Vibram claiming that there was “ample scientific evidence” for those health gains. When, in reality, there was and still is none.

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