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VAN NUYS COURTHOUSE IS `WEENIE WAR’ ZONE

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Forget the legal battles inside the Van Nuys, Calif., Courthouse. There's a juicy hot dog war with everything going on out front.

On one side is Lisa's Big Weenies, complete with pink umbrella and female employees dressed to stop traffic.On the other is Nancy's Courthouse Dogs, whose owner is known to struggle out of bed at 4:30 a.m. to get the best spot for her little red trailer.

It was perhaps inevitable that the 2-month-old competition between Lisa Gregory and Nancy Cicatelli would turn ugly, with claims of vandalism and unfair price cutting.

Cicatelli resents her competitor's skimpy attire, calling it disgusting and unfair.

But Gregory says the shorts and little tops she requires her employees to wear are just a sales tool.

The only clear winner in the "weenie war" so far has been the hungry customers. The price of a hot dog in the war zone has dropped from $1.75 to as low as a quarter.