In August 2014, a state judge preliminarily approved a settlement of a false advertising class-action lawsuit against Jimmy John’s Restaurants. The complaint, which was originally filed in 2013, alleges that the restaurant falsely advertises sandwiches – including the “Vegetarian,” “Totally Tuna,” “Turkey Tom,” and “Beach Club” – as containing sprouts when the sandwiches actually do not have sprouts. According to the settlement terms, class members may receive a $1.40 voucher for any side item (such as a pickle, a cookie, or potato chips) or soda at a Jimmy John’s restaurants. In addition, the restaurant also agreed to stop representing menu items contain sprouts when they do not and to donate $100,000 to charity. A hearing for final approval of the settlement will be held on December 4, 2014. (Starks et al v. Jimmy John’s LLC, et al
, Case No. BC501113, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles).