Federal Law Barring Trademarks for ‘Immoral or Scandalous’ Ideas Struck Down - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jun 24, 2019
In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Los Angeles designer who sought to trademark "FUCT" for his clothing line but was blocked by a federal law prohibiting registration of "immoral or scandalous" ideas, ABC News reports.  Justice Elana Kagan wrote the majority opinion, saying the law violates the First Amendment. Judging which ideas are “immoral or scandalous” is highly subjective and potentially discriminatory, Kagan wrote.