Jason Leslie, 32, of Marlboro, said he discovered from a New York Post article last week that the chain's "Footlongs" often fall an inch to an inch and a half short of a full foot -- and he discovered four days later his meatball sub was less than the advertised 12 inches, the New York Post reported Thursday.
"They advertise in all these commercials, 'Footlong, Footlong, Footlong,' and now I feel like an idiot," said Leslie, who estimated he has purchased about 50 Sunway sandwiches a year since he was 18. "I can't believe I fell for that trick.
"The sandwiches are anywhere between a half-inch to an inch shorter .. I feel cheated," he said.
Leslie's federal class-action suit, filed Wednesday in Trenton, comes after a state suit was filed Tuesday in Burlington County, N.J., which also accuses Subway of deceptive marketing.
Attorney Stephen DeNittis, who said he is filing a similar lawsuit Thursday in Philadelphia on behalf of Charles Pendrak and John Farley, said he wants Subway either to ensure its sandwiches measure up or "put up a disclaimer."
Subway said in a statement its "commitment remains steadfast to ensure that every Subway Footlong sandwich is 12 inches."
"We have redoubled our efforts to ensure consistency and correct length in every sandwich we serve."