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#1 Dpantherman

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:34 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Australian teenager's picture of a Subway "Footlong" sandwich next to a tape measure has gone viral and inspired three lawsuits in the United States.

The lawsuits, one filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, a second in New Jersey Superior Court, Burlington County, and the third in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, each claims restaurant franchise sells sandwiches that are an inch short of a foot.
Given the millions of subs sold each year in the United States, damages could be more than $5 million, said Thomas Zimmerman, an attorney for the plaintiffs in the Chicago case.
"This is no different than buying a dozen eggs and getting 11," Zimmerman said. "You're buying a dozen inches and only getting 11."

The lawsuits, which are seeking class-action status, are also suing for compensatory damages and injunctive relief for deceptive advertising against Subway sandwich shops and Subway's parent company, Doctor's Associates Inc.

"We have redoubled our efforts to ensure consistency and correct length in every sandwich we serve," Subway spokeswoman Alison Goldberg said in a statement. "Our commitment remains steadfast to ensure that every Subway Footlong sandwich is 12 inches at each location worldwide."
Subway Australia, responding to the photo posted on Subway's Facebook fanpage, had said that said the Footlong was a registered trademark that was "not intended to be a measurement of length."

Legal experts said Subway may argue that the average length of the Footlong is 12 inches and that only some fall short.

http://news.yahoo.com/subway-sandwich-chain-sued-over-11-inch-footlongs-014835056.html

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:38 AM

*sigh*

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:40 AM

He probably weighs his quarter pounders as well

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:41 AM

He among us who hasn't overstated their length by an inch may cast the first stone.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:43 AM

He among us who hasn't overstated their length by an inch may cast the first stone.


"sorry baby, i'm only 11 inches, i know you're disappointed..."

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:49 AM

How odd, all my life I've been told size doesn't matter.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:50 AM

He probably weighs his quarter pounders as well


I always carry a tape measure to Subway, you don't?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:57 AM

I always carry a tape measure to Subway, you don't?

I carry one everywhere ;)

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:04 AM

No sh*t...as I'm reading this thread..my coworker who's on the phone says, "Well, that's a mighty big stack you got there"

as for suing them..that's pretty stupid...

but it does make you wonder...I know it's only an inch (hee hee) but how much money are they saving by knocking that extra inch off??

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:12 AM

Subway should have their lawyer ask this guy in court "how many inches do you advertise?"

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:12 AM

they should be getting sued over whatever mystery meat it is they're trying to pass off as pastrami right now.

not that i expect subway to be using boar's head and artisan cheese or anything but good god is that sandwich awful.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

but it does make you wonder...I know it's only an inch (hee hee) but how much money are they saving by knocking that extra inch off??


So you're asking how much money they make by hiding just the tip?