Daryl Hall and John Oates are suing a granola company for copyright infringement. They have taken action in Brooklyn federal court against the Early Bird Company because of their “artisanal oatmeal blend” called Haulin’ Oats, currently sold in 38 states, Europe, and Japan.
A spokesperson for Hall & Oates told Rolling Stone. “Hall and Oates’ company, Whole Oats Enterprises, owns a federal trademark registration for the identical mark ‘Haulin Oats’ covering breakfast foods” rendering the company’s use of Haulin’ Oats a clear and direct violation of Whole Oats’ owned trademark.
Basically, Hall & Oates are alleging that the Early Bird Company is trying to fool people into believing that they are associated with them. And maybe it’s true. Early Bird owner Nekisia Davis does not appear to be bothered by the lawsuit, responding to Rolling Stone‘s request for a comment with a simple, “Say it isn’t so.” (Get it!) Davis also stated that Early Bird is offering a 25 percent discount on bags of Haulin’ Oats through the weekend with the coupon code SAYITISNTSO.
This is almost as exciting as the lawsuit involving Rick Springfield‘s butt!