Scottish Daily Mail
Hall and Oates sue Haulin’ Oats
VETERAN rockers Hall and Oates said ‘they can’t go for that’ to a New York company selling breakfast cereal Haulin’ Oats.
The duo claim Brooklyn-based Early Bird Foods has violated their trademark with the ‘phonetic’ play on words. The stars’ company, Whole Oats Enterprises, owns a federal trademark registration for the identical mark ‘Haulin Oats’.
Their lawyers say the name of the granola is a clear ‘effort to trade off of the fame and notoriety associated with the artists’ and plaintiff ’s wellknown marks.’
The lawsuit is asking the court to order the firm to stop using the Haulin’ Oats name and hand over all profits from the brand.
Daryl Hall, 68, and John Oates, 65, became internationally famous in the late 70s with hits such as Maneater and I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do). Early Bird Foods made no comment.