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Here's How Subway Plans To Prove Its Footlongs Are Actually A Foot Long

After a class-action lawsuit, the company is going to make sure its subs are as long as advertised.
Matt Corby's photo, which went viral on Facebook, shows a Subway Footlong sandwich measuring only 11 inches.
Matt Corby's photo, which went viral on Facebook, shows a Subway Footlong sandwich measuring only 11 inches.

If your Footlong isn't measuring up, this proposed settlement will give you plenty to chew on.

Subway will soon start measuring sandwich bread to ensure footlong and six-inch subs are actually the correct length, according to a settlement proposal initially reported on by Nation's Restaurant News. Franchise restaurants that fail to comply will face increased penalties from Subway.

Prompted by an Australian teen who, in 2013, uploaded to Facebook a picture of his Subway Footlong measuring only 11 inches, some people in the U.S. measured their own sandwiches and came up short. Several individuals soon filed suit, and a federal court consolidated the cases into a single class-action, according to court documents.

Under the terms of the proposed settlement, the chain would enact changes to ensure sandwich length and could pay up to $1,000 to each plaintiff and up to $525,000 in plaintiffs' legal fees.

The parties agreed to some settlement terms eighteen months ago, but attorneys subsequently argued over legal fees and payments for several months. A judge gave preliminary approval on Oct. 2, with a hearing for final approval set for January, Nation's Restaurant News reports.

A rep from Subway did not return a phone call or email.

Read the settlement proposal below.

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