Justices Strike Down Law Banning Disparaging Logos

A law denying protection to disparaging trademarks, the court said, violated the First Amendment.
The decision, concerning an Asian-American dance-rock band called the Slants, probably also means that the Washington Redskins football team will win its fight to retain federal trademark protection.
The decision was unanimous, but the justices were divided on the reasoning.
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PhotoWASHINGTON — In a decision likely to bolster the Washington Redskins’ efforts to protect its trademarks, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the government may not refuse to register potentially offensive names.

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