Supreme Court to Weigh In on Offensive Trademarks

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a new case that will determine if the government can deny trademark protection to words or phrases it deems vulgar. The decision will have far-reaching implications for what should be protected as free speech under the First Amendment.
The case in question, Lancu vs. Brunetti, involves Los Angeles-based clothing brand “FUCT.” Founder Erik Brunetti applied for trademark protection of the name in 2011, but was denied. Attorneys at the United States Patent and Trademark Office nixed his application on the basis that the phrase was “immoral” and “scandalous.”
The USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board affirmed the decision, finding that the apparel company displayed “strong, and often explicit, sexual imagery that objectifies women and offers degrading examples of extreme misogyny.”
But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the decision.
Now the country’s highest court will have to consider whether the Lanham Act, which governs trademarks in the U.S., is lawful and should be allowed to continue blocking trademark protection to brands it finds offensive.
FUCT could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Colton Underwood Doesn’t Believe in Tracy Shapoff’s Offensive Tweets

Colton Underwood has something to say about those offensive tweets written by Bachelor contestant Tracy Shapoff, who will vie for the former NFL player’s affections on season 23 of the show.

Underwood, 26, told Us Weekly and other reporters during a conference call on Thursday, January 3, that he didn’t “believe in whatever Tracy liked and tweeted at the time. [But] I think that’s a growing thing.”

Colton Underwood Sounds Off on Tracy Shapoff's Offensive Tweets: 'I Think That's a Growing Thing'
THE BACHELOR – Tracy Shapoff and Colton Underwood ABC/Rick Rowell

Shapoff, 31, was bashed ahead of the show for resurfaced tweets in which she used the R-word and made nasty remarks about fellow gym-goers.

“Wish these fat old women on the treadmill would shut the hell up stop dancing and just work out,” a March 2010 tweet read, while another, posted in November 2010, said, “Liposuction is retarded…stop wasting your money and just get your fat ass to the gym.”

The wardrobe stylist also shared some cynical remarks about the ABC hit in 2009, tweeting, “Do ppl really think they’re finding love on reality tv … or am I just the idiot that watches it?”

The reality contestant apologized for her words with a lengthy Instagram post on December 7. “I want to start by expressing my sincerest apologies for the extremely hurtful words that I said many years ago. I’m so sorry for those who I have offended,” she wrote. “I am beyond mortified that I ever had those thoughts and then proceeded to express them. By no means does this reflect the person who I am today.”

She continued: “I am not mean-hearted or hurtful … in the many years since writing those tweets I have made a conscious effort not to be judgmental and to be accepting of all people.”

In conclusion, Shapoff wrote that she would not defend her former words, and instead wanted to “deeply apologize and learn” from her mistakes. “I wholeheartedly reject those sentiments … I take full responsibility for my tweets and will use this as a learning experience.”

As for Underwood, he deleted all of his own tweets ahead of the series’ premiere, leaving only a peace-sign emoji, which he tweeted on December 20.

Season 23 of The Bachelor will air on ABC on Monday, January 7, at 8 p.m. ET.

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Boggi Milano in Midst of European Shop-Opening Offensive

BERLIN — In a time when shop closures have become something of the norm, Boggi Milano has embarked on a shop-opening spree in Europe.
The Italian tailored-clothing specialist is in the process of adding 10 stores to its existing retail network in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Benelux in the fourth quarter of 2018. Moreover, five large-scale Boggi Milano stores are slated to open in the region in the first three months of 2019.
Founded in Italy 80 years ago and headquartered in the Swiss canton of Tessin, Boggi Milano operates more than 165 stores in 35 countries. The first mono-brand store opened on Milan’s Piazza San Babila in 1964. Turin followed in 1987 and Geneva in 1996. Following a change of ownership in 2003, when it was acquired by the Italian family Zaccardi, Boggi’s own-store network has expanded rapidly, and the brand is to be found solely in company-owned or franchised mono-brand stores.
Germany is particularly in Boggi’s focus, and the company has 16 doors in the country in cities including Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Munich, Nuremberg, Leipzig and Munster. Stuttgart opened this week, and 2019 will see two additional doors in Munich. Germany generates 14 percent of the brand’s total

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The Packers need to replace Mike McCarthy with an innovative offensive mind to coach Aaron Rodgers

The list of candidates should include pro coordinators like Josh McDaniels, Pete Carmichael Jr., John DeFilippo and a college coach like Lincoln Riley.


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Congressman French Hill Condemns Offensive Radio Ad Targeting Black Voters

Arkansas Rep. French Hill says he had absolutely nothing to do with the shocking radio ad targeting black voters with threats of white Democrats lynching black men accused of rape by white women. French called the political ad appalling and…