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A Texas judge ruled this week that the Subway sandwich chain acted illegally when it stripped a soldier of the two restaurants he owned while he was deployed to Afghanistan with the National Guard, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News.

A day later, a second judge vacated the 2006 eviction judgment against Lt. Col. Leon Batie Jr.

The two rulings together mean "I’m finally starting to see some justice for the first time in a long time," Batie told the paper.

"This is the first time I feel as if justice is finally being served. I have some small glimmer of hope."

After deployment, Batie enlisted for active duty and is now based in Illinois.

An attorney for Batie, Grant Walsh, told the Morning News that the first ruling, which acknowledged a violation of the U.S. Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, means the case can move on to the damages phase and noted that his legal bills have reached six figures.

"This is about Batie, but it’s also about all of our men and women who are returning from overseas," Walsh said. "It’s about how our soldiers sacrifice their civilian lives."

A spokesman for Subway’s parent company, Doctor’s Associates Inc., said in a statement: "At Subway restaurants, we appreciate and sincerely thank the men and women who unselfishly provide service to their country. We are aware of the recent developments regarding Lt. Col. Batie; however, as a company policy, we do not comment on specific franchisee situations or on pending litigation."


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