Hall & Oates Sue over Haulin' Oats Granola
Published Mar 05, 2015Hall & Oates are saying "no can do" to Brooklyn granola makers Early Bird, since the veteran pop group are suing the company over the name of its product Haulin' Oats.
According to the lawsuit filed in Brooklyn federal court, "The name and mark Haulin' Oats is an obvious play upon Plaintiff's well-known Hall & Oates mark, and was selected by defendant in an effort to trade off of the fame and notoriety associated with the artist's and plaintiff's well-known marks."
The cereal consists of rolled oats and maple syrup, and Early Bird describes it like this: "This back-to-basics flavour is perfect by itself or as the base for a breakfast parfait creation. Haulin' Oats is great for school lunches too, it's nut free!"
The pricey product costs $27 for a three-pack and can currently be purchased here.
The lawsuit points out that various companies have attempted "to make a connection between the artists' names and oats-related products" in the past. Maybe the real culprit here in John Oates and his easy-to-pun name.