Hall & Oates Suing Makers of ‘Haulin’ Oates’ Granola

New York, NY

Your kiss may be on their list, but don’t mess with the Hall and Oats brand… they can’t go for that.

Dynamic pop-soul duo Hall and Oats is suing a New York-based food company for trademark infringement, claiming Early Bird Foods & Co. is using a “phonetic play on Daryl Hall and John Oates’ well-known brand name.”

Early Bird’s Haulin’ Oats granola, the defendant in the Brooklyn, NY lawsuit, claims the product creates an “out-of-this-world delicious, wholesome and nourishing small batch granola and other foods by hand.”

Daryl Hall and John Oates don’t share that warm sentiment for the product, as their suit alleges: “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.”

While Haulin’ Oats granola sells for a minimum of $27 for three packets, The Very Best of Daryl Hall &John Oates is available for purchase for a nominal $6.99, an obvious better deal if you find yourself picking sides.

In semi-related news: This is not the first time the band’s name has been linked to breakfast treats. In 2012, Rolling Stone unveiled its “If Music Stars had Cereals” list. The idea for a band-themed “Honey Bunches of Hall & Oates” cereal soon went viral.