Washington, D.C. partner Jeffrey Lopez was quoted in an article titled, “U.S. Justice Department Intervenes in Football Redskins’ Trademark Case,” published in The Wall Street Journal.
The U.S. Justice Department has inserted itself into a legal dispute between the Washington Redskins and a group of Native Americans who want the professional football team to abandon its name.
The agency will intervene in the case for the “limited purpose” of defending a federal law that prohibits disparaging trademarks, Justice Department lawyers said in a court filing on Friday.
In June, an administrative court in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held the Redskins name wasn’t worthy of federal trademark protection because it disparages Native Americans. The 2-1 ruling was the culmination of long-running efforts by five Native Americans— Amanda Blackhorse, Marcus Briggs, Philip Gover, Jillian Pappan and Courtney Tsotigh —to scotch the name.
Jeffrey, who represents Ms. Blackhorse and the others, said he believed the Justice Department’s intervention “will help our Native American clients ultimately to prevail.”