September 16, 2009

Report: Redskins name before Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to rule on whether or not the nickname of the Washington Redskins is too offensive, The Washington Post reported.

The fight against the trademark began in 1992, when seven American Native activists filed suit challenged it, saying it was too offensive to merit trademark protection, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said earlier this year the group had taken too much time to challenge it under the statute of limitations.

In 1999, there was a favorable decision for the team on the trademark by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and a federal court appeal by team lawyers followed.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., then a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, wrote an opinion saying such claims can be brought at any time, a petition by plaintiff attorney Philip Mause said.