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Redskins nickname to go on trial today

WASHINGTON (AP) — The case against the Washington Redskins nickname begins again Thursday.

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board will hear a petition brought by a group of Native Americans who say the Redskins should lose their federal trademark protection. They cite a law that prohibits registered names that are disparaging, scandalous, contemptuous or disreputable.

The board stripped the Redskins of the trademark in 1999, but the ruling was overturned in large part on a technicality. The same technicality doesn’t apply to the new group of plaintiffs.

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