San Leandro-based outerwear retailer North Face has settled a lawsuit brought by the Environmental Protection Agency over the company's claims that its shoes would prevent disease-causing bacteria.
While the EPA found that the shoes had been treated with a pesticide, the anti-bacterial effects of the chemical to prevent foot infections was never tested.
North Face agreed to pay a $207,500 fine, and no longer advertises the shoes as anti-bacterial.
The EPA settled three similar lawsuits regarding unsubstantiated health claims made by companies.
The Food and Drug Administration has been on a similar campaign to stop food manufacturers and retailers of making unfounded claims to prevent or cure disease.