To settle claims that it allegedly deceived consumers by advertising and labeling its Dreamfields pasta products as a low-glycemic index and low- carbohydrate alternative  to traditional pasta, Dakota Growers Pasta Co. has agreed to establish a $5-million settlement fund  and pay an additional $2.9 million to plaintiffs’ counsel. Mirakay v. Dakota Growers Pasta Co., No.  13-4429 (U.S. Dist. Ct., D.N.J., motion for preliminary settlement approval filed April 14, 2014). The  company has also agreed to remove the allegedly false or misleading statements from Dreamfields  packaging for at least one year.

Under the settlement, which requires certification of a nationwide class of consumers and approval  by the court, those who purchased the pasta online will automatically receive $1.99 for every box  purchased. Class members who purchased the products in stores and submit a valid claim form will be  limited to reimbursement for 15 boxes of pasta. Any funds remaining will be used to adjust each class member’s recovery upward by as much as 50 percent; residual funds will be donated to the American Diabetes Association.