The maker of Vienna beef hot dogs has filed a federal lawsuit against a rival company owned by a descendent of one of Vienna's founders, alleging trademark infringement, false advertising and unfair competition, among other claims, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Vienna Beef, makers of all-beef hot dogs, is suing the owner of Red Hot Chicago, alleging that he ripped off the company's 118-year-old recipe and has been lying to customers, saying his are the real thing.
The company's owner worked with Vienna as a sales manager until 1983, when he sold his 10 percent stake in the company and signed employment and severance agreements, which included a gag order about Vienna's secret recipes, the newspaper reports. Three years after leaving, he started Red Hot Chicago.
The lawsuit alleges that the company had little success in the marketplace until recently, when it changed its advertising. Red Hot's web site says "a family tradition since 1893." Vienna claims it has been using its identity in the marketplace as its own. Both companies sell hot dogs in supermarkets, online and via street corner hot dog stands.
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