Kraft, Sara Lee settle hot dog legal battle

September 8, 2011

The legal battle over which Chicago company has the right to say it makes the best hot dogs in the country has ended quietly.

The lawsuits ended with a settlement between Kraft and Sara Lee. The two suburban Chicago-based food makers are parent companies to Oscar Mayer and Ballpark, which are major hot dog brands. Each company sued the other over claims of false advertising.

Sidley Lindner, a spokeswoman for Kraft, said the terms of the settlement are confidential, but the parties agreed not to exchange any money and neither party will have to change marketing strategy.

In a written statement from Sara Lee, the company said it's pleased with the settlement and it's looking forward to marketing its Ball Park hot dogs.