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From: heidi jane (
Subject:         vibram five fingers
Date: May 10, 2014 at 6:32 am PST

dr. g and other 811rv'ers own/wear vibram five fingers
regularly and enjoy them/their benefits etc. etc. yet
(quoting from what i've read online) there has been a class-
action lawssuit filed against them from a woman named
Valerie Bezdek in Massachusetts, who claimed Vibram was
deceiving their customers by advertising FiveFinger shoes as
beneficial to foot muscles and helpful in reducing foot
injuries, even though they did not have any scientific
research backing up these claims. Also, they make you look
really silly, but that was not cited in the legal documents.
The settlement required two forms of relief: a refund, and
for Vibram to stop making claims in their advertising and
product marketing that FiveFingers could help build muscle
or reduce injury.

In the event that you had a temporary lapse of judgement and
bought these heinous toe shoes, you can get your money back
(just not your dignity.) As part of the settlement, Vibram
must create a website (, which
is not set up yet) where class members (that's anyone who
bought toe shoes) can learn about the settlement and receive
the forms they will need to file. Vibram is also required to
purchase banner ads, in places such as and, in order to have 300,000,000 impressions.

In order to qualify for a refund, you had to have purchased
FiveFingers between March 21, 2009, and whatever date you
are either notified of the settlement notice or class notice
(whichever is earlier.) The maximum refund will be $94 per
pair, though the settlement agreement does make note that in
similar settlements, class members received refunds of $20
to $50 per pair of shoes.

You can submit claim forms for up to two pairs without a
receipt or proof of purchase. For claims beyond two pairs,
you will need to show proof of purchase. Keep in mind that
while a receipt isn't required to file a claim form, Vibram
can request a receipt to verify your purchase after the
claim has been filed to help prevent against fraudulent
claims. So, best case scenario: you get the full purchase
price back and get to stop wearing ugly, medically useless

If the full $3.75 million settlement is not distributed to
class members (this can happen when not everyone who
qualifies files for a refund), the rest of the money will be
donated to the American Heart Association, to a program
researching the health benefits of running.

Even though they settled the lawsuit, Vibram USA is still
denying they did anything wrong: “Vibram expressly denied
and continues to deny any wrongdoing alleged in the Actions,
and neither admits nor concedes any actual or potential
fault, wrongdoing or liability.”

i am curious to know how many 811rv'ers agree and how many
disagree with this.
is it necessarybetter to instead wear sneakers with support
in them???


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