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American Indian Man Aims to Revive Lawsuit Against Redskins, NFL

May 14, 2020, 9:03 PM

A man asserting American Indian ancestry asked the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to allow his appeal of dismissed defamation and trademark infringement claims against the NFL, the Washington Redskins football club, and team owner Daniel Snyder for using the likeness of American Indians “in a racist and offensive manner.”

Plaintiff Ronald Emrit brought proposed class action claims under the Lanham Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi on the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii dismissed the claims on April 15, after finding the court lacked jurisdiction over the defendants....

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