The Washington Redskins officially won in its pursuit to retain its own trademark name after the Justice Department decided to abandon its legal fight over the Redskins name, the Gateway Pundit reports.
The decision comes following last week’s Supreme Court decision in the in the Matal v. Tam case where it upheld an Asian-American band’s right to call itself “The Slants” despite the name’s disparaging connotation.
The high court found that it is unconstitutional for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to discriminate against Simon Tam’s right to trademark the Slants, citing the First Amendment’s free speech protection.
Last week, Redskins owner Dan Snyder said he was “thrilled” after the ruling was issued.
This week, the Justice Department told the Associated Press it was dropping the case against the NFL team based on the high court’s decision.
“Consistent with Tam, the Court should reverse the judgment of the district court and remand the case with instructions to enter judgment in favor of Pro-Football,” according to the letter by Justice Department to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.