Newswire: Hall and Oates sue the makers of “Haulin’ Oats” cereal

It’s a dark time for fans of pun-based breakfast granolas, as the BBC reports that musicians Daryl Hall and John Oates are suing Early Bird Foods & Co, the makers of “Haulin’ Oats” brand cereal. It seems that the musicians are unhappy that the company is daring to mildly amuse literally tens of people with its “phonetic play on Daryl Hall and John Oates’ well-known brand name.” Lawyers for the two agreeably inoffensive rockers filed suit in a Brooklyn federal court this week.

The offending brand of health-conscious breakfast food is identified as a nut-free cereal (mistake number one, Haulin’ Oats) made from maple syrup and oats. The company describes it as “back-to-basics flavor… perfect by itself or as the base for a breakfast parfait creation,” perhaps as the added ingredient in your signature “Sounds Like Vanilla” smoothie. There is no official response from Early Bird Foods & Co …

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