The popular phrase “Who Dat” may soon return to the public domain where it rightfully belongs. In a terse, two-sentence announcement posted Monday on its website, The National Football League announced it has reached a settlement with Who Dat, Inc. owner Steve Monistere, who claims he and his brother trademarked the phrase in 1983. The company filed suit against the NFL and the New Orleans Saints last year claiming trademark infringement, but Monday’s announcement said all parties have agreed to make Saints “Who Dat” merchandise available to fans, although no such merchandise appears to be available Tuesday at nfl.com.
The Times-Picayune is also reporting that three other companies, two of which had been selling “Who Dat” merchandise and a third that wants to use the phrase for a coffee shop, filed motions to have Monistere’s remaining trademark complaints dismissed. An attorney representing one of those companies argues that Who Dat, Inc.’s trademark registrations with the state long ago expired. If the remaining complaints are dismissed, likely anyone can market and sell anything bearing the phrase.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.