As we have proven here many times, Chicagoans simply love hot dogs more than most people. This may explain why we are also the hotbed of litigious encased meat companies. A few months ago, Vienna Beef sued Red Hot Chicago, eventually losing the case. The trial was called a "wiener war" by the Tribune, Esquire, and even the Daily Mail. But it is looking more and more like a light skirmish compared to the battle that lies ahead. Today, the two largest producers of hot dogs in the country, Oscar Mayer and Ball Park, face off in federal court in Chicago over claims of false advertising on both sides.
Unlike Vienna Beef and Red Hot Chicago — which both make a fine hot dog we wouldn't mind eating any day — we can't really stomach the products of either of these companies. We don't care what Michael Jordan says! In fact, both could get stricken down by some crazed vegan judge for all we care. Still, it is interesting that both Oscar Mayer and Ball Park are owned by suburban Chicago companies (Kraft Foods Inc. and Sara Lee Corp., respectfully). This just seems to prove that if there is one thing Chicagoans love more than hot dogs, it is suing over hot dog related matters.
Sara Lee, Kraft wiener war heads to federal court today [Chicago Tribune]