Matal v. Tam was argued at the Court on January 18, 2017 and decided on June 19, 2017.

This is a case about when trademark protection and the First Amendment collide—what happens when someone wants a trademark but the government isn’t willing register a trademark because the name offends many people? Is this a violation of the First Amendment? It involves a band, disparaging terms, and the First Amendment, and could have significant consequences for the NFL team in Washington, DC.

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