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Published August 15, 2014
WHAT'S IN A NAME? In DC, Ian Shapira notes the Redskins on Thursday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Virginia "seeking to overturn" a U.S. Patent & Trademark Office decision "that canceled the team’s trademark registration because it considers the name and logo disparaging." The team also is "suing five Native Americans who won the headline-making patent case on June 18." The Redskins are "asking for a chance to defend their name" and can now "introduce fresh evidence into a battle that has been confined to the patent office and limited to mostly decades-old testimony." The case also "gives the team an extra chance to appeal in case it loses" (WASHINGTON POST, 8/15).
CAN BEGGARS BE CHOOSERS? In L.A., Bill Plaschke writes it "finally seems like the path is clear" for an NFL franchise to relocate to the city, "but heaven help us if that team is the Raiders." The NFL "won't say it, but it doesn't want them here." Sponsors "won't admit it, but they wouldn't embrace them here." L.A. "may be a Raiders town," but that works for the city "only as long as the Raiders aren't in town" (L.A. TIMES, 8/15).