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Volume 24 No. 157
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Supreme Court's Ruling In Trademark Case Could Help Redskins

The U.S. Supreme Court today, in a ruling that "could benefit" the Redskins, "struck down part of a federal law that denies trademark protection of terms that disparage living or dead." The team's trademark was "canceled based on the same law in a separate proceeding." The case at hand involved Simon Tam, an "Asian-American musician and political activist who named his rock band 'The Slants' in an attempt to take back a term" that had been "directed as an insult" (CNN.com, 6/19).

The Redskins "filed an amicus brief supporting the Slants, which was cited in the opinion." The team's case is "moving on a separate track" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 6/19).