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U.S. top court finds law banning offensive trademarks unconstitutional

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By Andrew ChungWASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a decision that could benefit the NFL's Washington Redskins, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a federal prohibition on disparaging trademarks as a constitutional violation in a major free speech ruling involving a band called The Slants.The court ruled 8-0 in favor of the Portland, Oregon-based Asian-American dance rock band, which had been denied a trademark because the government deemed its name disparaging to people of Asian descent. The Slants challenged that rejection as a violation of free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution's ...

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 22:52 IST
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