-cheeky Aussie (miscer???) claims footlong measures only 11", tells subway "pls respond" http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...33&pagenumber=
-subway responds "just a trademark" http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...hp?t=151254033
-lawsuits start, at least 2 filed in Chicago and NJ
This image from a Subway customer’s federal lawsuit shows a ruler next to one of the restaurant chain’s Footlong sandwiches, proving it is less than 11 inches long. (Supplied to CBS)
CHICAGO (CBS) – A subway customer has filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago, alleging the sandwich store’s popular “Footlong” subs aren’t really a foot long.
As CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports, when it comes to Subway sandwiches, size matters to customers.
The lawsuit – which seeks class-action status – includes photos of a Footlong sub that measures less than 11 inches long.
Subway sells Footlong subs at all of its stores, but the lawsuit alleges that’s not what its customers get every time.
It claims the company behind Subway restaurants acted “fraudulently and deceptively,” by pumping out ads that promise Footlong sandwiches, which often turn out to be smaller than advertised.
“They clearly state that the length of the sub is one foot, and I don’t see how it could be any clearer than that,” attorney Tom Zimmerman said.
But Zimmerman said consumers are getting shorted at stores across the country, with sandwiches that are sometimes less than 11 inches.
With a ruler held up next to the sandwich she had just bought, one woman said it appeared her Footlong was only about 10 inches long.
“I think it’s messed up,” she said.
She visited the same store near Clark Street and Montrose Avenue that the plaintiff in the lawsuit claims sold him a too-short Footlong sub on Jan. 20.
The lawsuit seeks more than $5 million in damages for Subway customers.
“If this is sold as 12 inches in length, then it should be 12 inches in length. It’s no different than buying a dozen eggs and getting eleven,” Zimmerman said.
In response to recent complaints about its Footlong subs, the company has said it uses the phrase “Footlong” as a trademarked descriptive name for its sandwiches, not an actual measurement.
They said the length of baked bread can vary after cooking.
The lawsuit alleges that the bread all comes from one place, and should be uniform. If not, Zimmerman said Subway’s ads should say the actual size of its subs could vary.
Subway Sued Over Footlongs
Subway has been sued over its footlongs.
The sandwich shop received a lot of criticism last week when a photo was posted on the internet of an 11-inch “footlong” sub. Now, two men from New Jersey have filed a lawsuit against the company.
Stephen DeNittis, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, told Yahoo: “The case is about holding companies to deliver what they’ve promised.”
DeNittis said that getting a sandwich that is a half inch short may not sound like a big deal but when you take into account that Subway has more than 38,000 stores around the country those inches quickly add up.
KPic reports that Subway is being sued for “compensatory damages” and DeNittis is asking the company to change its practices.
Subway hasn’t responded to the lawsuit yet but after some photos went viral last week the company released a statement saying that the term “footlong” is meant as a descriptive term and was not meant as an accurate measurement.
“With regards to the size of the bread and calling it a footlong, ‘SUBWAY FOOTLONG’ is a registered trademark as a descriptive name for the sub sold in Subway Restaurants and not intended as a measurement of length. The length of the bread baked in the restaurant cannot be assured each and every time as the proofing process may vary slightly each time in the restaurant.”
What do you think about the Subway lawsuit? Do you feel like you’re getting shorted when you eat a footlong sandwich?