Subway’s $6.8m 'fake tuna' lawsuit decided

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A $6.8 million lawsuit against Subway over its tuna sandwiches has been dismissed.

The lawsuit pursued by Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin, from the US state of California, claimed Subway isn’t using tuna in its tuna sandwiches and alleged fraud.

Subway denied the allegations and claims its tuna is wild-caught “pure” tuna.

A tuna sandwich from Subway is displayed in San Anselmo, California.
A lawsuit claimed Subway's tuna sandwiches did not contain tuna. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

Shalini Dogra, who represented the women, said the ingredient has been tested in a lab and told The Washington Post the ingredients were not tuna or even fish.

She would not state what the ingredient was.

However, US District Judge Jon Tigar last week dismissed the lawsuit, Law & Crime.com reported.

In court documents obtained by the site, Mr Tigar concluded that the plaintiffs “still need to describe the specific statements they saw and relied upon”, which they “failed to do”.

 A couple seen eating in a Subway fast food restaurant.
A court ruled the plaintiffs did not supply sufficient evidence. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

To put it simply, the judge ruled the pair suing Subway did a poor job of identifying what the fast food chain had done wrong.

“Plaintiffs are the only ones who can identify which statements they saw and relied upon and where they saw them,” Mr Tigar wrote.

“Subway cannot properly identify itself against a complainant that does not identify the misstatements it allegedly made.”

Mr Tigar did, however, leave it open for the party to pursue the case if they can prove the allegations.

Testing by two media outlets did find tuna in the sandwiches, WDAM7 reported.

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