Debra J. Saunders

But I do not see it as prudent use of government funds and resources to set up a bureaucracy that gives money to consumers to compensate them for not getting a benefit that no reasonable consumer would expect.

And it's not as if consumers can't return sneakers.

"The government is looking for easy targets," Cato's Olson opined, "which is not the same as being the worst players in the marketplace. If you have a successful product, in some ways you can be an easier target."

In a statement released Wednesday, Skechers chief financial officer David Weinberg denied the allegations of "unfounded claims" but did say the "exorbitant cost and endless distraction" of multiple class action suits presented an "unreasonable burden" on the company, regardless of outcome.

That's why the government always wins. It's like paying protection money. In the end, it's easier to pay up and move on.

Debra J. Saunders

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