More beef between Chicago frank makers vying to become top dog

Oscar Meyer and Ball Park franks both boiling over false-advertising claims

The next time someone asks “Where’s the beef?,” the answer will resoundingly be “Chicago.” In the past two months, the city that put Jurgis Rudkus on the map has become a heated battleground for a wiener war featuring four of the major hot dog producers in the nation.

Oscar Meyer and Ball Park franks today took their cases to federal court to determine whether either of the hot dog makers violated false-advertising laws in their efforts to become the nation’s No. 1 provider of encased meats. The legal beef has been simmering for three years now thanks to thousands of pages of filings from Ball Park maker Sara Lee Corp. and Oscar Meyer maker Kraft Foods Inc.

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