Federal court rejects Washington football team trademark registration claim for using  disparaging term

Last week, in Pro-Football Inc. v. Blackhorse, a federal court in Virginia rejected a professional football association’s claim that it is entitled to trademark registration for the “Washington Redskins” logo. The court found that the “R” word may disparage a substantial number of Native Americans. Therefore, the term cannot be registered as a trademark under federal law.

federal appeals court finds Idaho’s abortion ban unconstitutional

Pro-choice victory

On May 29, in a case called McCormack v. Herzog, the federal U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down Idaho’s ban on abortions. A federal court in Idaho had previously found the law unconstitutional, and the appeals court agreed.