The epic court battle between Subway and angry customers who claimed their footlong sub sandwiches were not actually a full 12 inches long is finally over.
In 2013, a group of people sued the world's biggest restaurant chain to get Subway to change its practices — either ensuring the sandwiches lived up to the 12-inch claims or to stop using the "footlong" label. Final approval for the settlement was granted on February 25, according to the Associated Press; Subway has agreed to take steps over the next four years to ensure its bread is reaching its full 12-inch potential. And yes, one of those steps will be requiring restaurants to use a measuring device for the bread.
The chain will also pay a whopping $520,000 in attorney fees, plus $500 each to the 10 people who headed up the lawsuit. (Sorry, all you other Subway customers are fresh out of luck on this one.) As an attorney for the group that sued Subway stated, "It was difficult to prove monetary damages, because everybody ate the evidence."
Subway's bread is made from measured frozen loaf logs that are thawed and stretched in the restaurant before cooking, leaving room for some size variability. Considering the recent jump in cost of Subway's famed footlong sandwich promo from $5 to $6, those things had better damn well be the advertised size.