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Published On: Fri, Jan 25th, 2013

Subway footlong lawsuit, claims sandwich isn’t 12 inches, cheating customers

Another restaurant lawsuit is hardly newsworthy, but the Subway lawsuit is turning heads.

The recent lawsuit filed by two New Jersey males against Subway, based on the assertion that the $5 footlong sandwiches are coming up short – under twelve inches, has instigated a follow-up lawsuit in Chicago this week.

Matt Corby's photo of the sandwich next to a tape measure attracted hundreds of thousands of likes and hundreds more comments when he posted it on Subway's Facebook fanpage.

Matt Corby’s photo of the sandwich next to a tape measure attracted hundreds of thousands of likes and hundreds more comments when he posted it on Subway’s Facebook fanpage.

A nationwide class action lawsuit was filed in Chicago this week, claiming the company behind Subway Restaurants acted “fraudulently and deceptively” by running ads promoting a footlong sandwich, when it’s not 12 inches long.

The lawsuit points out customers at stores across the country are missing a half-inch, a full inch, and sometimes more from their “footlong” sandwiches.

The suit is seeking more than $5 million in damages.

The Chicago lawsuit was filed by Nguyen Buren who claims his sandwich was less than 11 inches long and alleges a “pattern of fraudulent, deceptive and otherwise improper advertising, sales and marketing practices.”

“This is no different than if you bought a dozen eggs and they gave you 11 or you bought a dozen doughnuts and they gave you 11,” said attorney Tom Zimmerman, who is representing Buren. “Here, you bought a dozen inches of sandwich and you got less than 11. It’s no different, and yet you’re paying for 12.”

Now Subway released a statement:

“We have redoubled our efforts to ensure consistency and correct length in every sandwich we serve,” the statement said, while declining to offer comment on the suits specifically. “Our commitment remains steadfast to ensure that every Subway Footlong sandwich is 12 inches at each location worldwide.”

A picture of an Australian teen measuring his “footlong” Subway sandwich to be only 11 inches went viral last week, sparking a wave of similar online posts by other Subway eaters around the world claiming their sandwiches also came up short of a foot.

 

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  1. eloy fernandez says:

    here in doral, florida, the subway located 74th St, also give you poorly made sandwiches, usually half the components any other store. I dont understand why the have to fill them so poorly … I dont think make a difference one more slice of ham or 2 more tomatoes. Deceptive ..

  2. Christina says:

    Really? Geez, and most of us who buy Subway could STAND to miss that extra inch…lmao;)

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