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PRESTO: JUDGE'S RULING CLEARS WAY FOR BULLETS TO SEE WIZARD
Published January 13, 1997
The Bullets won a trademark infringement case Friday, clearing the way for the team to change its name to the Wizards next season, according to Heath & Adande of the WASHINGTON POST. The ruling allows the Bullets and the NBA to move ahead with developing Wizards merchandise in time for the team's move into the MCI Center this fall. The trademark case was brought by the Harlem Wizards, a traveling comedy basketball team, and they said they plan to appeal the decision. U.S. District Judge William Walls said the Harlem Wizards "would not be affected because fans will know the obvious differences between them and the NBA team." The N.Y. firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom represented the NBA and the Bullets. Harlem Wizards players testified that some people who saw them wearing "Wizards" shirts asked them if they played for the Bullets, but Walls wrote that "these examples are too weak and few to establish actual confusion" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/11).