U.S. Supreme Court Rules Anti-disparagement Clause of Lanham Act Violates Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment

On June 19 , 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court in Matal v. Tam, 137 S. Ct. 1744, ruled the anti-disparagement clause under section 2(a) of the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment and is therefore invalid, affirming the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to this decision, the anti-disparagement clause […]

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