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. 

Leroy Travers

Follow my coverage of Lacrosse (College and MLL) as well as Georgetown Hoyas Basketball, the Washington Redskins, and most other sports here on the MSB. Living in neighboring Sussex County, Delaware, I have been a huge Maryland Sports fan for almost 40 years. Follow me on Twitter @el_travs, and on Instagram @Letrav.

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