Beginning Next Week: InsideCounsel will become part of Corporate Counsel. Bringing these two industry-leading websites together will now give you comprehensive coverage of the full spectrum of issues affecting today's General Counsel at companies of all sizes. You will continue to receive expert analysis on key issues including corporate litigation, labor developments, tech initiatives and intellectual property, as well as Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) professional development content. Plus we'll be serving all ALM legal publications from one interconnected platform, powered by Law.com, giving you easy access to additional relevant content from other InsideCounsel sister publications.

To prevent a disruption in service, you will be automatically redirected to the new site next week. Thank you for being a valued InsideCounsel reader!

X

Subway Footlongs are only 11 inches, lawsuits claim

The suits accuse the restaurant chain of deceptive advertising and sales practices

Apparently size really does matter, at least when it comes to Subway sandwiches. The restaurant chain is now facing three lawsuits over allegations that its famed “Footlong” sandwiches are actually only 11 inches long.

This revelation came courtesy of an Australian teenager, whose photo of a Footlong next to a tape measure went viral on the Internet last week. Since then, plaintiffs in Mount Holly, N.J.; Philadelphia and Chicago have sued Subway for compensatory damages and injunctive relief for deceptive advertising.

The suits, which are seeking class action status, say that the fast food chain has demonstrated a pattern of false advertising and sales practices. “This is no different than buying a dozen eggs and getting 11,” Tom Zimmerman, an attorney for the Chicago plaintiffs told Thomson Reuters. “You’re buying a dozen inches and only getting 11.”

In response, Subway says that it has “redoubled [its] efforts to ensure consistency and correct length in every sandwich we serve.” Subway Australia, meanwhile, says that “Footlong” is merely a registered trademark and not a guarantee of each sandwich’s length.

For more fast food-related lawsuits on InsideCounsel, see:

McDonald’s pays $700,000 to settle suit over non-halal food

Man sues White Castle over booth size

NYC fast food workers walk off the job, seek to unionize

McDonald’s faces two new hot-coffee lawsuits

Judge throws out Happy Meal lawsuit

Alanna Byrne

Bio and more articles

Join the Conversation

Advertisement. Closing in 15 seconds.