Groups fight­ing Red­skins over trade­marks agree to drop case

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Af­ter last week’s Supreme Court de­ci­sion all but ended the le­gal ar­gu­ment deny­ing the Red­skins trade­marks reg­is­tered bear­ing the team’s name, all par­ties in­volved have agreed to give up the fight.

Both the group of Na­tive Amer­i­cans lead­ing the bat­tle against the Red­skins and the Jus­tice Depart­ment sent let­ters to the fed­eral ap­peals court hear­ing the case con­ced­ing that oral ar­gu­ments were no longer nec­es­sary in light of the Supreme Court case.

The case, Pro-Foot­ball Inc. v. Black­horse, had been on hold in the U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the Fourth Cir­cuit, wait­ing for the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion in a sim­i­lar case in­volv­ing a rock band com­prised of Asian-Amer­i­cans called “The Slants.”

When the Supreme Court ruled in fa­vor of the band, which had been de­nied trade­mark reg­is­tra­tion on the grounds that its name was of­fen­sive, it spelled the end of the case against the Red­skins.

All par­ties in­volved were asked if they wanted to pro­ceed with oral ar­gu­ments. The Red­skins quickly re­sponded, with At­tor­ney Lisa Black sub­mit­ting that the Supreme Court case “man­dates re­ver­sal” of the dis­trict court rul­ing that de­nied the Red­skins trade­marks and claim­ing that it was so clear-cut that oral ar­gu­ments would not help the court.

On Wed­nes­day, the Jus­tice Depart­ment re­sponded, also say­ing that there was no use in ar­gu­ing the case since the high court es­tab­lished clear prece­dent.

On Thurs­day, the Na­tive Amer­i­can group lead by Amanda Black­horse, said the same and con­sented to the Red­skins’ re­quest of an or­der to re­verse the dis­trict court’s de­ci­sion and re­tract its or­der to the Patent and Trade­mark Of­fice to can­cel the Red­skins’ trade­mark reg­is­tra­tions.

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