Renowned Chicago hot-dog producer Vienna Beef is suing a competitor, Red Hot Chicago, for allegedly stealing a 118-year-old recipe and capitalizing on Vienna’s legacy. Scott Ladany, owner of Red Hot Chicago, is accused of false advertising, unfair competition and trademark infringement.
Ladany, whose grandfather was a co-founder of Vienna Beef, worked for Vienna until the early 1980s. When he left Vienna, he sold his stake in the company and agreed not to use or disclose Vienna’s recipes. He was prohibited from competing with Vienna for two-and-a-half years.