A California federal court has preliminarily approved a settlement in a case alleging that Ghirardelli failed to include white chocolate, cocoa or cocoa butter in its white chocolate chips. Miller v. Ghirardelli Chocolate Co., No. 12-4936 (U.S. Dist. Ct., N.D. Cal., San Francisco Div., order entered October 2, 2014). Additional details about the settlement appear in Issue 535 of this Update, and further information about the litigation appears in Issues 465 and 479 of this Update. Under the agreement, Ghirardelli will pay $5.25 million to a common fund to distribute to class members. Notices to potential class members will appear in People magazine and the Oakland Tribune and on several popular websites, and any leftover balance in the settlement fund will be divided among several consumer and food organizations, including Consumers Union and Florida State University’s Food & Nutrition Science Department. A fairness hearing is scheduled for February 2015.