Judge: Insufficient evidence name is offensive

Updated: October 1, 2003, 8:13 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has overturned a ruling that canceled the Washington Redskins trademark, finding there was insufficient evidence to conclude the name is disparaging to American Indians.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said a 1999 decision by a panel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office relied on flawed or incomplete data when it found the NFL team's name so offensive it should not be given legal protection. But she also made clear that her ruling does not address ...

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