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Indianapolis Colts v. Metropolitan Baltimore Football Club

United States Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit
34 F.3d 410 (1994)


Facts

After the owner of the Baltimore Colts, Robert Irsay, moved the team to Indianapolis, Indiana, the citizens of Baltimore sought, unsuccessfully, to obtain another National Football League (NFL) team franchise. In 1993 the Canadian Football League (CFL) gave Baltimore a franchise and named the team the “Baltimore CFL Colts.” In anticipation of a pending CFL season, merchandise featuring the “Baltimore CFL Colts” was distributed and sold. Thereafter, the Indianapolis Colts (plaintiff) and the NFL (plaintiff) brought suit against the Metropolitan Baltimore Football Club (the Club) (defendant), owners of the city’s football franchise, to block any use of the word “Colts” in the Baltimore team’s name. The district court enjoined the Club’s use of the words “Baltimore Colts” and the Club appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Posner, C.J.)

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