The scandal immediately went viral, as customers fumed over the supposed fraud. Nine individuals were particularly miffed — so much so that they filed various lawsuits that were consolidated into a single class-action case on deceptive marketing practices in a Wisconsin federal court, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Now, sandwich transparency advocates need wait no longer. That lawsuit was settled in September, according to a settlement agreement proposal released this week.
The proposal includes recommendations for new quality control practices, including a requirement that franchisees measure the bread on sandwiches sold as foot-long and 6-inch subs.
Subway has also agreed to pay up to $1,000 in compensation to each of the plaintiffs and cover $525,000 in legal fees. Still, the chain was careful to note that given the “inherent variability” of cooking processes, it “will never be able to guarantee that each loaf of bread will be exactly 12 inches or greater in length after baking.”
A judge is slated to review the deal for final approval in January.