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Hot Dog Vendors Settle Lawsuit With City Over Fines for How Food Was Prepared

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Hot dog vendors have settled a lawsuit with the city that claimed they were unfairly fined for the way they prepared their food.

The city had been penalizing vendors who were heating their hot dogs in the same water with sauerkraut and onions, but in a suit filed seven years ago, vendors said they were not given proper notice about the rules.

Now, the city has agreed to dismiss any outstanding tickets, as well as reimburse any vendors who already paid.

The city said settling the case was in the best interest of all parties involved.

The firm representing the vendors called it a huge victory.

"They needed somebody to stand by their side, and we were proud to be able to do that," said Attorney Howard Godnick. "It was a classic David and Goliath-type situation, and but for someone standing up in their defense, they would have been ticketed, they would have lost more than a week's wages both dealing with the ticket and dealing with the city bureaucracy."

Hot dog vendors who want to participate in the settlement can visit hotdogvendorlawsuit.com.

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