Shaun Zinck Jun. 17, 2015, 1:05pm


TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - A class action lawsuit has been settled with Walmart over the labeling of one of its cornstarch products, the law firm DLA Piper LLP recently announced.

The proposed settlement means those who purchased the Walmart brand Great Value All-Natural Cornstarch could be eligible for a cash refund. The lawsuit claimed Walmart mislabeled the cornstarch as “All-Natural,” and the label misled customers into buying the product.

The suit claimed the cornstarch actually contained genetically modified organisms. The Karlin Foods Corp., which was named as a defendant in the lawsuit, has denied any wrongdoing, and stated there are no state or federal regulations that prohibit products that contain genetically modified organisms from being labeled as “all-natural.”

Those who purchased the cornstarch product could be eligible for a $1 refund per purchased product, up to $2 without proof of purchase and up to $8 with a proof of purchase. Refunds are only eligible for those who purchased the cornstarch within the class period, which begins on Aug. 22, 2010, up until the present.

There is $825,000 in the settlement fund.

While a federal court authorized notifying potential class members, the court will still need to schedule a hearing to decide whether or not to approve the settlement with Walmart.

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