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Subway Sandwich Lawsuit

A nationwide class action lawsuit has been filed in Chicago claiming Subway Restaurants acted fraudulently by promoting “footlong” sandwiches when they are actually shorter than 12 inches.

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West Sac Man Files Suit Against Subway for Short Sandwich


Richard Springer snapped this photo of his Subway sandwich he says he got from a Burlingame restaurant. The photo is part of his federal lawsuit he filed Thursday.
Courtesy: Richard Springer


A lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Sacramento claiming Subway comes up short on their promoted sandwiches. A West Sacramento man says his “footlong” sandwich, was not.

Richard Springer frequents the Subway Restaurant in Burlingame, and snapped a photo of his short sandwich on a visit this month.

His lawsuit claims the company that owns Subway violated California’s unfair competition law, committed false advertising, fraud, negligent misrepresentation among other claims.

“In truth, Defendant’s “Footlong” subs are not one foot, or 12 inches, in length,” reads the lawsuit. Later it states “Had Plaintiff known the true size of the Subway “Footlong” subs, Plaintiff would not have purchased and/or paid as much for it.”

Springer’s suit is separate from a nationwide class action lawsuit filed this week in Chicago. Springer’s attorney says they filed a different lawsuit because California has different laws protecting consumers.

Subway Restaurants and their parent company have faced increase criticism this month after a man in Australia took a photo of his “footlong” sandwich next to a ruler and posted it on Facebook.

The lawsuit filed in Chicago is seeking $5 million. Springer’s lawsuit does not ask for a specified amount, just for restitution as decided by the court.


A lawsuit has been filed against the popular sandwich maker over the length of their subs.
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Does size really matter? A Subway customer has filed a lawsuit saying the sandwich store’s popular sandwiches fall short of their claims.

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.

Subway told FOX40 they could not comment on the ongoing legal action, but did give this statement:

“For 47 years, customer satisfaction has been our top priority.  We regret any instance where we did not fully deliver on our promise to our customers.  We freshly bake our bread throughout the day in our more than 38,000 restaurants in 100 countries worldwide, and we have redoubled our efforts to ensure consistency and correct length in every sandwich we serve.  Our commitment remains steadfast to ensure that every SUBWAY® Footlong sandwich is 12 inches at each location worldwide.”