This back and forth is going to go on for a long time.
The Washington Redskins filed a motion late Friday defending their lawsuit in federal court against a group of Native Americans over the team’s trademark protections.
The motion argues that the Redskins chose the right courthouse to file their lawsuit and the correct set of plaintiffs to sue in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., possibly the team’s last legal recourse to salvage its federal trademark protections.
The Redskins’ filing is a response to a motion to dismiss the case made last month by the five Native Americans who won a decision by the federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, a part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The board found in June that the team’s name and logos are disparaging to American Indians and scheduled the Redskins’ trademark protections to be stripped. Since that decision, the Redskins have been able to keep the trademarks while the team makes its appeal.
In an effort to reverse the trademark board’s decision, the Redskins filed a lawsuit against the Native Americans. But last month, the defendants, led by Amanda Blackhorse, a member of the Navajo Nation, argued in their motion to dismiss that the Redskins do not have the legal right to sue them because they are not “parties in interest” who can be targeted in a trademark case based on federal law.
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