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.