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Appeals court keeps Redskins legal battle alive

By The Associated Press
07.19.05

WASHINGTON — American Indian groups have won another chance to revoke the Redskins' trademark name, which they say is insulting to millions of people.

The NFL franchise appeared to prevail in the long-standing fight when a federal judge ruled in its favor nearly two years ago, saying the seven plaintiffs had no standing to complain because they waited too long after the date of the first Redskins trademark.

But on July 15 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found one plaintiff still could have standing because he was only 1 year old in 1967.

The court sent the case back to a U.S. District judge for review.

"This keeps the case alive," John Dossett, general counsel for the National Congress of American Indians, told The Washington Post.

The dispute involves six trademarks owned by Pro-Football Inc., the corporate owner of the team. The oldest is "The Redskins," written in a stylized script in 1967.

The outcome ultimately could affect millions of dollars in sales of Redskins merchandise.


Update
Redskins win latest round in nickname dispute
Federal judge rules on technicality, emphasizes that decision doesn't address whether NFL team's nickname is racially offensive. 07.14.08

Previous
Federal judge sides with Redskins in trademark dispute
Court finds American Indian activists didn't provide enough evidence that NFL team's name is disparaging. 10.02.03

Related

California may outlaw American Indian mascots

If bill becomes law, state would be first to force public schools to drop Indian team names. 05.23.02

N.D. officials sue NCAA over 'Fighting Sioux' ban
State attorney general says athletic association overstepped its bounds by barring University of North Dakota from using American Indian nickname, logo in postseason play. 10.09.06

Judge allows school to keep 'Fighting Sioux' nickname for now
University of North Dakota is suing NCAA over postseason ban; meanwhile, South Carolina college agrees to drop 'Indians' moniker, logos. 11.13.06

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