SACRAMENTO (AP) A California woman says the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against the makers of French-made shoes, claiming they violate women’s civil rights and violate the privacy of people with disabilities.
Lizanne Sturgess-Schwarz, a professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of Southern California, filed the suit on Monday against Axon, which makes the Axon Axon-Deltron, and American Made Shoes, makers of the Axons, Deltron and Delton II, and their distributors, citing the plaintiffs’ constitutional and statutory rights.
Axon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the suit.
It also did not respond to the suit’s request for comments.
Sturgess of the UCLA Center for Disability Law, who represents the plaintiffs, said she has received numerous complaints about the Axos shoes over the past two years, with a growing number alleging that their soles are made of plastic.
Sturdess-Shwarz said in an email that Axons soles, as well as Axons products, are widely marketed as “breathable” and that many people do not realize they are actually made of a plastic material.
Sturgss-Schwartz said the shoes are designed to be worn in the same way as shoes made by the US military and are also designed to provide comfort to women who have physical impairments.
Struggling with her diabetes, Sturgesses-Schswartz has been unable to use the Axion, which she said is meant for use with diabetes and other medical conditions.
Streatess-Sturz said she believes that Axon’s products are more prone to falling or being damaged than those of American Made shoes.
She said in a blog post published last week that she’s also filed a complaint with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission over Axon shoes and Axon products.
The CPSC has not yet responded to a Reuters request for a comment.
Axons shoes have been widely used by wheelchair users and people with physical disabilities.
Axons’ sole is made of polymer that’s supposed to be water-resistant and non-porous.
Stokes said the sole is supposed to provide a soft feel when the foot is stepped on.
Sturdy shoe maker American Made also makes shoes that are made from a plastic called PTFE.
The company said in January that its shoes are made with a polyethylene core, which is supposed a plastic made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
The core is not supposed to expand or contract, and the shoes were made from recycled materials.
American Made, a subsidiary of PPG Industries Inc, did not return a call for comment.
The lawsuit claims that Axion shoes do not meet the standards of the ADA and are “an unsafe and unscientific product.”
Sturgs-Schwitz said the lawsuit seeks injunctive relief to prevent the “illegal and unjustified” use of the shoe.