On June 19, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Matal v. Tam, unanimously holding the disparagement clause in the Lanham Act unconstitutional on the ground that it violates the First Amendment. This decision upends over 70 years of practice under Lanham Act. The case will likely have an immediate effect on other pending “derogatory” mark cases, including Blackhorse v. Pro-Football, Inc., (the “Redskins” case) and may signal the Court’s willingness to find the analogous Lanham Act provision prohibiting registration of “immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter” unconstitutional as well.
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Today, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. KY.) announced that the health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will not be put up for a vote in the Senate until after the July 4th holiday. According to the New York Times (6/27, Steinhauer, Subscription Publication), it appears that he “miscalculated… Read more
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