Who Dat? Inc. sues NFL Properties, Saints

The company that made a 1983 recording of what became one of the

New Orleans Saints’ most popular cheers has filed a trademark suit

against the state and the team.

NFL Properties LLC, which deals with National Football League

trademarks, is also a defendant in the suit filed Thursday in

federal district court in Baton Rouge by Who Dat? Inc.

It claims the defendants damaged its right to profit before the

Saints’ Super Bowl championship last month.

NFL Properties claimed rights to the phrase and the

fleur-de-lis, which the team uses as a logo. But it backed down

after state Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell said both

are public domain.

Caldwell told The Times-Picayune on Friday he stands by that:

nobody owns the right to either.