Virginia Federal Judge Upholds Cancellation Of Redskins Trademarks

Mealey's (July 9, 2015, 10:03 AM EDT) -- ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which allows for the cancellation of disparaging trademark registrations, does not implicate the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a Virginia federal judge ruled July 8 (Pro-Football Inc. v. Amanda Blackhorse, et al., No. 14-1403, E.D. Va.).

(Decision available. Document #16-150720-018Z.)

In siding with Native Americans Amanda Blackhorse, Marcus Briggs-Cloud, Phillip Gover, Jillian Pappan and Courtney Tsotigh — each of whom sought cancellation of Pro-Football Inc. (PFI)’s “Redskins” trademarks before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)’s...
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