Pro-Football, Inc. v. Blackhorse et al., No. 15-1874 (4th Cir.)

Washington Redskins
2015 - 2017

Our attorneys represented the NFL’s Washington Redskins in the team’s appeal of the government’s decision to cancel the team’s federal trademark registrations.  After we filed the opening brief in the Fourth Circuit, the firm and lead counsel Lisa Blatt received substantial media attention for the legal strategy and creative advocacy. 

In June 2017, the Supreme Court ruled in a related case, Matal v. Tam, that Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act – which prohibits the registration of disparaging trademarks – violates the First Amendment.  The Supreme Court cited our firm's amicus brief four times.  Following the Court’s decision, the plaintiffs dropped their case against the Redskins.

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