SKECHERS U.S.A., INC. (Form: 8-K)  






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):   May 16, 2012

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware 001-14429 95-4376145
(State or other jurisdiction
(I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation) File Number) Identification No.)
228 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, California   90266
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   (310) 318-3100

Not Applicable
Former name or former address, if changed since last report


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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On May 16, 2012, Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (the "Company") entered into multiple settlement agreements that resolve the pending inquiries of the United States Federal Trade Commission (the "FTC") and various states’ Attorneys General, as well as two civil class action lawsuits relating to allegations that the Company made unsupported advertising claims in connection with the marketing of its toning shoes. Pursuant to the settlement agreements, the Company will pay a one-time settlement of $45 million plus $5 million in class action attorneys’ fees to settle all domestic advertising matters and related claims with such parties, and has agreed to certain injunctive relief. The Company is not paying any fines or penalties. As discussed in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, the Company recorded a charge of $50 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 to reserve for costs and potential other exposures relating to its existing litigation and regulatory matters, and related legal and professional fees.

The settlement agreements are with: (1) the United States (with the FTC as signatory); (2) the following states and the District of Columbia: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin; and (3) the following plaintiffs: Tamara Grabowski (a proposed class representative) and Venus Morga.

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

On May 16, 2012, the Company issued a press release announcing the global settlement set forth in Item 1.01 of this Form 8-K. A copy of the Company’s press release is furnished with this Form 8-K and attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. Exhibit 99.1 shall not be deemed "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), or otherwise subject to the liabilities under that Section and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing of the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

The following exhibit is furnished as part of this report:

99.1 Press release dated May 16, 2012.

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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

May 18, 2012   By:   David Weinberg
        Name: David Weinberg
        Title: Chief Operating Officer

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Exhibit Index

Exhibit No.   Description

  Press release dated May 16, 2012.