Supreme Court ruling strengthens Redskins name protection
A ruling handed down by the Supreme Court Monday morning provides a victory for the Washington Redskins in their ongoing name saga.
Although the Redskins were not a party to the case, the ruling stated that it is a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution for federal law to prohibit the registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks.
The case was brought by a clothing company called FUCT that wished to file for trademark protection and denied under a century old provision of federal law. The court’s 6-3 ruling stipulates that the government cannot suppress expression merely because it will be off-putting to others.