Friday, June 30, 2017
DoJ forfeits game to the Redskins™
At Hot Air by Ed Morressey
The federal government’s efforts to force Washington’s NFL franchise to change its name have come to an abrupt halt. After a unanimous Supreme Court decision last week in Matal v Tam rebuked the Patent and Trademark Office for violating the First Amendment in refusing to process trademarks it found offensive, the Department of Justice has surrendered to the Redskins:
The Justice Department is giving up the legal fight over the name of the Washington Redskins.
In a letter to a federal appeals court, the department said last week’s Supreme Court decision in Matal v. Tam in favor of an Asian-American band calling itself the Slants means the NFL team will prevail in a legal battle to cancel the team’s trademarks because the name is disparaging to Native Americans.
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