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Group argues Redskins lawsuit should be tossed

2 years 1 month 4 days ago October 31, 2014 Oct 31, 2014 Friday, October 31 2014 October 31, 2014 2:42 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Jessica Gresko

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five Native Americans are asking a Virginia judge to dismiss a lawsuit the Washington Redskins filed after the group successfully challenged the team's name, arguing it is offensive.

Lawyers for both sides are expected in federal court in Alexandria on Friday, where a judge is scheduled to hear arguments on whether the lawsuit should be thrown out.

The five won a victory earlier this year when a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office board ruled that six trademark registrations on the team's name should be canceled because they were "disparaging to Native Americans" when registered.

After the board's action, the team in August sued the five Native Americans, asking a federal court to stop the cancellation from happening.

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