Class member and CCAF attorney Adam Schulman objected to settlement approval and class certification in Berni v. Barilla. The legal claim involves whether Barilla’s cardboard pasta boxes contain an excessive and deceptive amount of empty space, a claim known as a “slack-fill”. The proposed settlement provides class members with worthless labeling changes, simply adding a minimum fill line and an obvious disclaimer that the “product may settle”. At the same time, and in a clear signal of who the settlement is structured to benefit, the class attorneys and named representatives are seeking combined payments of $450,000.
The fairness hearing will be held in December.