Jun 20 2017
The Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit against the United States Trademark and Patent Office, who sought to prevent the band from trademarking their name.
In 2014, following a vehement campaign to pressure the National Football League and Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team's name over the concern that it offended many Native Americans, the trademark office canceled the Redskins' trademark, citing the same clause in the Lanham Act as it did with the Slants' application in 2011. She said the nickname is a racist slur that never should have been trademarked in the first place.
The Supreme Court has now affirmed the lower appeals court's opinion, which is also potentially welcome news for the NFL's Washington Redskins, whose own marks were canceled for being disparaging to Native Americans.
"The disparagement clause violates the First Amendment's Free Speech Clause", Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his opinion for the court. "It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend".
Today's decision will have implications for Washington's football team, whose name is now a dictionary-defined slur. Such suits must be filed by the federal government, not private citizens, that court held.
Banzhaf filed a petition to deny the renewal of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Washington radio station, WWXX-FM, over its use of the term "Redskins" on-air to refer to the team.
Tam said the band was "beyond humbled and thrilled" with the ruling.
Pence lawyers up in expanding Russian Federation probe
According to the Washington Post , Pence wants to be prepared for impending congressional committee inquiries as well as Mueller. Richard Cullen has a long record as a high-profile attorney in Washington, particularly in Republican circles.
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The Redskins made similar arguments after the trademark office ruled in 2014 that the name offends American Indians and canceled the team's trademark.
"I am THRILLED", Snyder told the AP.
Lisa Simpson, an intellectual property expert, characterized the Supreme Court's decision as a slippery slope. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote a separate opinion and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
Critics of the law said the trademark office has been wildly inconsistent over the years in deciding what terms are too offensive to warrant trademark protection.
Tam's case pits supporters on one side who argue they are fighting for free speech rights, and opponents who warn a Slants victory will require government approval of all kinds of hateful racial slurs, including the N-word.
In a filing Monday, the Justice Department defended the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's decision past year to strip the team of protections. The protections include blocking the sale of counterfeit merchandise and working to pursue a brand development strategy.
As NPR's Nina Totenberg has reported, "the trademark office has denied registration to a group calling itself "Abort the Republicans", and another called "Democrats Shouldn't Breed".
Jun 19 2017
Republicans Divided as Trump Reverses Some Obama Cuba Policy
White House officials also said it's the category most ripe for abuse, with Americans using it to skirt the tourism ban. Trump on Saturday flew for the first time to Camp David, the government-owned retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains.
Jun 18 2017
UK's Hammond says economy should be priority in Brexit talks
Mr Hammond's remarks will be seen as a bid to soften the terms of Britain's exit, 72 hours before formal talks begin on Monday. A spokesman for his Department for Exiting the European Union said Britain had been "crystal clear" about its approach.
Jun 18 2017
Zidane can stay at Real Madrid for life, says Perez
At the end of the 25th season of the Champions League , Ronaldo is the first player to score in three of the competition's finals. The 4-1 win over Juventus allowed Madrid to become the first team to win back-to-back titles in the Champions League era.
Jun 18 2017
American Student Freed By North Korea Arrives Home
Otto Warmbier , a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, was released after 17 months of detention in the communist nation. Hours before Otto was scheduled to land, there was a row of reporters standing outside the airport, lined up facing the runway.
Jun 18 2017
Trump confirms probe over Comey firing
Rosenstein, born in Pennsylvania, joined the Justice Department in 1990 and moved up the organization over the span of 27 years. But she would also have the conservative perspective on executive branch - which gives the president abundant authority.
Jun 17 2017
Markets Right Now: Grocers plunge on Amazon deal; Dow gains
Walmart gets 53% of its sales from food, groceries and things like household cleaning products, according to GlobalData Retail . Kyle Bunch is with R/GA, a marketing, advertising and consulting firm right across from the Whole Foods headquarters .
Jun 15 2017
Why Diego Costa will be missed at Chelsea
Details of the message sent by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte that caused striker Diego Costa to announce he was not wanted by the club have been revealed.
Jun 15 2017
Critic's Notebook: Jeff Sessions Dodges and Demurs His Way Through Senate Testimony
I never met with them. "I affirmed his concern that we should be following the proper guidelines of the Department of Justice. It's unfair to say that the Trump administration is failing to make any progress. "That's much more of a gray area".
Jun 14 2017
Democrats seek distance from impeachment call
It's only 143 days into Donald Trump's presidency, and articles of impeachment have been drafted . Brad Sherman to being the process for impeachment, according to a Democratic source in the room.
Jun 14 2017
Bus Crash Kills Cyclist in First Citi Bike Fatality
Police say Hanegby fell off the bicycle and under the bus' rear tires, and was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital. Those bikes have been used to make over 43 million trips through city streets.
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