A maneater, fine. A granola eater? They can't go for that.
Iconic pop band Hall & Oats has filed a federal lawsuit against small-batch Red Hook granola brand Early Bird, Page Six reported today. The suit claims the granola company is profiting off the fame of the band and is calling for the brand to discontinue the use of the name and for damages.
“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 suit states.
Early Bird, founded by a one-time manager at Brooklyn pizzeria Franny's, makes six types of granola and bars and sells 3 packs of Haulin' Oats for $27.