Federal Judge Orders Cancellation of Redskins' Trademark Registrations

Federal Judge Orders Cancellation of Redskins' Trademark Registrations

NFL team is expected to appeal ruling.

Published July 8, 2015

The Washington Redskins continue to feel the heat over their controversial nickname.

According to The Washington Post, a federal judge in Northern Virginia ordered the cancellation of the NFL franchise's federal trademark registrations for their team nickname on Wednesday (July 8). The team has been in an ongoing battle with Native Americans, who are offended by the use of the derogatory team name.

Although the cancellation won't go into effect until the NFL team goes through the appeals process in federal court — something the franchise will most likely do — the ruling does mark the biggest loss the team has suffered to date during this legal battle.

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While the final end result might be far away, Wednesday is an initial win for all those wanting to see Washington change their name.

“This is a huge victory. Getting this ruling from a U.S. District judge is a watershed event,” Jesse Witten, an attorney for the Native Americans, told the Post about the judge's ruling, before adding that the battle will likely rage on. “The team has been fighting this case so hard and leaving no stone unturned and scorching every square inch of earth that it’s hard to imagine they will not appeal.”

According to court documents obtained by the Post, Redskins lawyers says the team’s value rose from $741 million in 2000 to $2.4 billion by August 2014.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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