The US Department of Justice has now involved itself in the legal battle over the use of ‘Redskins’ that is going on between the Washington football team and Native Americans (and activists).
Josh Gerben was quoted by NPR discussing the ramifications of the Justice Department’s involvement, and how this battle could affect trademark law:
“It’s like scoring a home run in the bottom of the first,” says trademark attorney Josh Gerben. “You’ve still got eight innings to go. It’s not an overwhelming victory for the Native Americans at this point.”
“They just want to protect the constitutionality of the Lanham Act for the future,”
Source: Downs, K. “Could the Battle Over ‘Redskins’ Change Trademark Law?”. NPR.org. January 23 2015.