American Italian Pasta Company (PINKSHEETS: AIPC), a Missouri-based producer of dry pasta, has announced the preliminary settlement of the securities class action pending against the company in the W.D. of Missouri. The case, originally filed in August 2005, stems from allegations that AIPC failed to disclose materially adverse facts in its financial statements.
The settlement covers the securities class action claims against AIPC (but not related derivative claims) and has a total value of $25 million. Of that total value, the company's insurers will pay $11 million in cash and the company will issue $14 million in common shares.