"Judicial Hellhole" Madison County Hosts Blimpie Sandwich Lawsuit

Feb 26, 2010 at 10:21 am
click to enlarge Somewhere, Jimmy John is smiling - Image via Blimpie.com
Image via Blimpie.com
Somewhere, Jimmy John is smiling
Did that pimply teenager working behind the counter skimp on the roast beef when you asked for extra meat on your sandwich? That's grounds for a lawsuit, at least in Madison County.

Proving yet again that America makes it possible to sue anyone for anything, east side residents Ronald Williams and Jennifer Clayton have filed suit against Blimpie and the sub sandwich makers parent corporation, Arizona-based Kahala Corp. They claim that the company is guilty of fase-advertising on its "Super Stacked" subs promotion because they promise -- but don't deliver -- a "double portion" of meat for a slightly higher price.

The company denies the charges but that may not make a difference in a county pegged as a "Judicial Hellhole" by the American Tort Reform Association because it averages 600-plus asbestos lawsuits per year with settlements that regularly reach the seven-figure range.

Here's Blimpie's spokeswoman responding -- via the Post-Dispatch -- to the charges with some hard to follow logic:
Kahala spokeswoman Jami Thompson responded today that "Super Stacked" subs do have double meat portions and added: "What they don't have is twice the protein, and we don't say that they do. There is twice the protein from meat because it's double the meat, but it's not double the protein because the bread also contains protein and it's served on the same roll for both sandwiches."

Thompson said company officials have not yet received a copy of the complaint but look forward to explaining the difference between protein content and double meat.
Williams and Clayton are represented by attorney's from the powerful Wood River law firm LakinChapin. They hope to make the suit a class-action, allowing anyone in Illinois who believes that Blimpie stiffed them on sandwich meat to receive "compensation for costs and attorney fees and other relief deemed 'just and appropriate.'"

UPDATE: Over on Gut Check, our restaurant critic Ian Froeb bought a digital scale and did some hard-hitting investigative work by visiting a Blimpie's in Chesterfield and weighing the meat contents of each sandwich. Read his post by clicking here.