Redskins suing 5 Native Americans offended by team name

A federal judge seems to think Native Americans offended by the Washington Redskins team name are properly being sued by the NFL franchise.

Judge Gerald Bruce Lee suggested during a hearing Friday that it would be unprecedented to dismiss the team's lawsuit against five Native Americans who complained about the name to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
A trademark office board decided in June to cancel some of the Redskins' trademarks, citing federal regulations against protecting words and images that are disparaging or offensive.

The team could have challenged the ruling in appellate court in Washington, but sought help instead in a venue that gives it more options, by going to a trial court to sue the Native Americans who complained in the first place. 

The team has used the Redskins name since 1933, and has asked the judge to reverse the trademark board's removal of protections of six trademarks the team registered between 1967 and 1990. The team argues that the name is not offensive, and that canceling its trademarks would violate its free speech rights and take its property without compensation.

A lawyer for the Native Americans, Jesse Witten, argued that his clients should be left out of the dispute and that the lawsuit against them should be dismissed. But team attorney Robert Raskopf said Amanda Blackhorse and the other defendants belong in court because they're the ones who filed the petition.

The judge seemed to agree and said he would issue a written ruling at a later date.
The team's trademark protection remains in place while the issue makes its way through the court system, and the trademark board's ruling does not apply to the team's current logo, which includes an American Indian head in profile.

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  1. RJ O'GuilloryNovember 03, 2014

    ...drag the Mayor out of her office...charge she and the police chief with treason...and when convicted...hang them both in the parking lot of Police Headquarters...perhaps then they will be able to identify who is in charge and who works for whom...
    RJ O'Guillory
    Webster Groves - The Life of an Insane Family

  2. Only cure RAID application Poo'Lice
    Police are like the military--they act like a mob. Most city police departments--the pay per officer with benefits is over $150000/year Any young man looking for a well paying job--join the police--just imagine--beat the crap out of women or shoot dogs or any black kid at will and keeps the job.

  3. they should call themselves the Washington kikes instead. im sure nobody would have a problem with that. and its appropriate


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