Subway to ensure Footlongs measure up after lawsuit

Subway has promised to ensure its footlong sandwiches measure 12 inches after a teenager posted a photo on Facebook showing his sandwich was only 11 inches. Ted S Warren / AP photo
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Subway customers can finally rest assured that their footlong sandwiches will be as long as promised. A judge last week granted final approval to a settlement of a class-action suit filed against Subway after an Australian teenager in 2013 posted an image of his sandwich on Facebook that was only 11 inches.

The New York Post found that four out of seven Footlongs bought in New York "measured only 11 or 11.5 inches". As part of the settlement, Subway agreed to institute practices for at least four years to ensure its bread is at least 12 inches long. The judge approved attorney fees and US$500 [Dh1,836] for each of the 10 individuals who were representatives of the class, but no monetary claims were awarded to potential members of the class.

“It was difficult to prove monetary damages, because everybody ate the evidence,” said Thomas Zimmerman, who was co-lead attorney for the class.

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