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Subway agrees to measure sandwiches as part of settlement

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Ben Hooper
Subway was sued after a customer posted a photo that went viral showing a footlong sub that barely reached 11 inches. File Photo by Billie Jean Shaw/UPI
Subway was sued after a customer posted a photo that went viral showing a "footlong" sub that barely reached 11 inches. File Photo by Billie Jean Shaw/UPI

MILFORD, Conn., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Sandwich chain Subway has agreed to start measuring its 6-inch and footlong sandwiches as part of a settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit.

The settlement proposal, released Monday, states the Milford, Conn.-based chain has agreed to measure its sandwiches to ensure they measure up to the advertised 6-inch and 12-inch lengths after a 2013 lawsuit accused the eatery's wares of falling short.

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The lawsuit was prompted two years ago by Australian Matt Corby's viral photo of a "footlong" Subway sandwich next to a ruler showing it just barely stretched to 11 inches.

The settlement proposal said Subway will amend franchise protocols "which had previously allowed for a small tolerance in the size of a footlong sandwich" to require the subs to reach the full 12 inches.

The proposal said Subway will also carry out inspections and penalize restaurants where the sandwiches fail to meet the standard.

Subway also agreed to pay up to $1,000 in compensation to the plaintiffs and cover the $525,000 in legal fees, the proposal said.

A hearing to approve the final terms of the agreement has been scheduled for January.

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