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Native Mascot Foes Eye Public Arena After High Court Loss

By Andrew Westney (June 23, 2017, 3:56 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision striking down a federal ban on registering offensive trademarks cemented the legal right of the Washington Redskins and other sports teams to trademark Native American-themed names and logos, but critics of those teams will now redouble their efforts to turn public opinion against the use of those marks.

The high court ruled Monday in Matal v. Tam, a separate case brought by a rock band called The Slants, that the Lanham Act's ban on offensive trademark registrations ran afoul of the First Amendment. This allows Washington's NFL team to prevail in a battle over its marks...

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