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Justices Strike Down Law On Offensive Trademarks

June 20th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks in a ruling that is expected to help the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name. The justices ruled that the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights. The ruling is a victory for the Asian-American rock band called the Slants, but the case was closely watched for the impact it would have on the separate dispute involving the Washington football team. The Redskins  contend their name honors American Indians, but the team has faced decades of legal challenges from Indian groups that say the name is racist. Maryland Senate President Mike Miller has long contended that such issues should be dealt with by the league and the teams, and he doesn’t think it belongs in the courts…


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