Dreamfields Pasta Class Action Lawsuit

Just Joyce
By Just Joyce Latest Reply 2014-07-03 14:00:35 -0500
Started 2014-07-02 13:18:53 -0500

Hi everyone, I just got this email regarding Dreamfields Plasta. In the body it says that I signed up to receive coupons and recipes. Please continue reading because it tells you how to file a claim to get your money back which could be $1.99 per box more or less.

If You Bought Dreamfields Pasta
You could get Money from a Settlement
A judge in the District of New Jersey has recently approved a Settlement of two class action lawsuits concerning Dreamfields Pasta. The lawsuits allege that advertisements and packaging claiming Dreamfields Pasta has a 65% lower glycemic index than traditional pasta or that it has only 5 grams of digestible carbohydrates per serving are false and misleading. Dakota Growers, the maker of Dreamfields Pasta, denies these claims.
Records show that you signed up to receive recipes and coupons for Dreamfields Pasta and that you may be eligible for a payment from the Settlement. To get relief from this Settlement you must file a claim. You can file a claim online at www.DreamfieldsSettlement.com.
Who’s included? Generally, the Settlement includes anyone who purchased Dreamfields Pasta with a label that referred to “glycemic index” or “digestible carbs,” in the United States between February 2004 and July 1, 2014.
What does the Settlement provide?
The $5,000,000 cash Settlement will cover:
Purchases Made in the Store: If you purchased Dreamfields Pasta in a store and file a valid claim form you will receive $1.99 for each box purchased (up to 15 boxes per household).
Online Purchases: If you also purchased Dreamfields Pasta online you will receive an automatic payment of $1.99 per box. There is no limit on the number of boxes.
Depending on the number of valid claims received, your payments may be increased by as much as 50%, or decreased to allow all Class Members to share the Settlement proceeds equitably.
Other Costs: Payment of notice and administration costs.
Any money remaining in the Settlement after payment of claims and costs will be donated to the American Diabetes Association.
Changes to Packaging: Dakota Growers has also agreed to remove statements referring to “glycemic index” or “digestible carbs” from the packaging of Dreamfields Pasta for one year.
How can I get a payment? For purchases of Dreamfields Pasta made in a store (as opposed to online), you must file a claim form. Claim forms are available by clicking HERE. You can also request a claim form from the Settlement Administrator by writing to Dreamfields Pasta Settlement, P.O. Box 1900, Faribault, MN 55021-7155. All claim forms must be submitted online or postmarked by September 1, 2014.
What are my rights? Even if you do nothing you will be bound by the Court’s decisions. If you want to keep your right to sue Dakota Growers yourself, you must exclude yourself from the Class by September 1, 2014. If you stay in the Class, you may object to the Settlement by September 1, 2014. For instructions on how to exclude yourself from the Class or object to the Settlement, please see www.DreamfieldsSettlement.com.
The Court will hold a hearing on September 24, 2014 to consider whether to approve the Settlement, and a request for attorneys’ fees and expenses up to $2,920,000, which would include an incentive award for the five plaintiffs named in the lawsuits in an amount not to exceed $20,000 in total. The attorneys’ fees, expenses, and incentive award will be paid separately by Dakota Growers and will not reduce payments to Class Members. You or your own lawyer may appear at the hearing at your own expense.
For more information or a Claim Form:
www.DreamfieldsSettlement.com or 1-866-430-6382

18 replies

GabbyPA 2014-07-03 08:32:44 -0500 Report

Yeah, I kind of jumped off the Dreamfields wagon and just treated it as regular pasta. I guess this might be why my grocer is taking it off the shelf and replacing it with other pasta alternatives like quinoia, rice and corn.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-03 10:36:54 -0500 Report

I rarely buy pasta. When my sister gets it, I am not in that aisle and never noticed if it were missing. I did notice that I have not been getting coupons in the mail or recipes in my email. Not everything that claims to be good for us really is good for us.

GabbyPA 2014-07-03 10:47:04 -0500 Report

I was hopeful in the beginning because pasta was one of my true addictions. I would eat it two or three times a week in various forms. After diagnosis it went away pretty much. I still do dishes with it when the pantry is getting bare, but nothing remotely close to like I used to. That is when I found that Dreamfields is still pasta and it didn't really allow me any extra leeway with it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-03 11:07:41 -0500 Report

I eat it now and then. Gonna make Pasta Salad to take to the cookout tomorrow. Soft enough I can eat it.

GabbyPA 2014-07-03 11:48:00 -0500 Report

At least you can chew it a little. All this talk about it, I had to make what we call a poor boys tuna salad. It has pasta, tuna, home made zucchini relsih and onions in it. It reminds me of camping, as my mom would make it for our Friday night meal because it was no mess after setting up the camper.

jayabee52 2014-07-02 19:59:12 -0500 Report

If you were waiting for your notice, you might wish to check in your spam folder. I just found mine there this evening.

sometimes it is good to go through the spam folders with a fine tooth comb

Nick1962 2014-07-02 19:05:36 -0500 Report

Yeah, not surprised - as Steve says, the whole net or digestible carbs thing has always seemed like a scam to me. Besides, they kinda taste like wet cardboard, and I'd rather eat 1/4 serving of the real stuff than a full serving of the box it came in.

haoleboy 2014-07-02 19:24:40 -0500 Report

ya think?

According to a 2002 report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) the energy yield of fiber when consumed by humans is somewhere in the range of 1.5 to 2.5 Calories (kCal) per gram (6.3 to 10.5 kilojoules per gram).
So if it provides calories is it not also providing carbohydrates??? And wouldn't you need to figure out soluble vs. insoluble?

It is a scam that I am afraid that a lot diabetics fall prey to.

I revisited this as a childhood friend of mine has a son that was just dx'd as T2 and I am helping him out and this subject came up,

Nick1962 2014-07-03 11:17:58 -0500 Report

What has always puzzled me about the brand is that it is primarily the only one to make these claims. You’d think if it were that big an issue, others would be following suit or the brand would be proprietary or patent protected.

haoleboy 2014-07-02 13:39:57 -0500 Report

When something sounds (or tastes) too good to be true …
I tried Dreamfields twice … loved the taste but it did spike my BGL just about the same as regular pasta. what a shame.
One of the reasons I do not trust nor buy into the whole "net carbs" thing


jigsaw 2014-07-02 14:33:10 -0500 Report

I tried it too! Didn't seem to spike my bg, but maybe that's because I only had two noodles! What can you do, easy come, easy go!

Actually, I did use it in small quantities with half decent results. Simply means that now that I know that there is nothing magical about Dreamfields, I have a wider choice of pasta brands to choose from, that offer the same great results (spiked bg)!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-02 13:49:42 -0500 Report

I agree Steve. I just look at total carbs and work from their.

haoleboy 2014-07-02 14:24:53 -0500 Report

I was just looking at the whole "net carb" thing again yesterday.

Seems there are several schools of thought.
don't deduct fiber from carbs
deduct all fiber from carbs
deduct fiber from carbs only if over 5 grams or more of fiber
deduct fiber from carbs only if over 5 grams or more of fiber BUT only deduct 1/2 the fiber

If the "experts' can't agree I think the safe bet is just to err on the side of caution.

and what is the magic that happens at 5 grams of fiber (not 4, not 6)??? If a 'portion' has 4 grams I can't deduct it … what if I double the portion size? Magically I now get to deduct 8 grams from the carbs???



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