posted on Oct, 2 2003 @ 03:46 PM
The Washington Redskins can keep their name and logo after a judge reversed an earlier finding that the trademarks disparaged Native Americans.
US District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the findings of the US Trial Trademark and Appeals Board, which held that the trademarks may
be disparaging, "is unsupported by substantial evidence, is logically flawed and fails to apply the correct legal standard to its own finding of
facts," according to a statement released by the team.
In an 84-page opinion, Judge Kollar-Kotelly also noted that the 25-year delay in pursuing the challenge to the Redskins name was unreasonable and
precluded consideration of the case.
She concurred with the argument brought by the team, which has had the nickname since 1933.
The franchise was formed as the Boston Braves in 1932, changed nicknames the following year and moved to Washington in 1937.
"We are pleased with the judge's finding," Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said in a statement.
"This team has always treated its name and trademarks with the utmost respect, and our fans worldwide understand and acknowledge the tradition of the