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Raiders Suit Overruled

A California judge is dismissing a lawsuit by the Oakland Raiders regarding trademark violations. The team has been trying to prevent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers from wearing their uniforms for games in California, saying they violate the Raiders´ trademark rights. The Raiders claim Tampa Bay´s pirate logo is too similar to Oakland´s. And the Raiders object to the Panthers´ uniforms because two colors – silver and black – match those of the Raiders. NFL attorneys argued there will always be overlap among logos and colors. The judge ruled yesterday that the case should be heard in federal court under federal trademark statutes.