Washington, D.C. – Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder says he’s “thrilled” about the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the disparagement clause in trademark law.
The unanimous opinion the court gave Monday to a case involving the rock band “The Slants” is expected to set a positive precedent for the Redskins.
The court has ruled the government can’t refuse to register trademarks that are considered offensive.
Redskins lawyer Lisa Blatt says, “The Supreme Court vindicated the team’s position that the First Amendment blocks the government from denying or cancelling a trademark registration based on the government’s opinion.”
The ruling should give protection from other team’s utilizing ethnic names. Major League Baseball has met with the Cleveland Indians over their use of the Chief Wahoo logo. Notre Dame has not received the backlash for having an ethnic group (Fighting Irish) for their nickname as those using Native Americans.
(the Associate Press contributed to this post)