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Redskins to keep name after battle with Justice Department

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The Justice Department is taking a knee in the legal fight over the name of the Washington Redskins.

The department says last week's supreme court decision in favor of an Asian-American band calling itself The Slants means the N-F-L team would prevail if the case moved forward. They were in a legal battle to cancel the team's trademarks because the name is considered offensive and disparaging to Native Americans.

In a letter to a federal appeals court on Wednesday, the department's attorney wrote the court "should reverse the judgment of the district court" and "enter judgment in favor of pro-football."

The Redskins' case had been on hold in the federal appeals court while the slants decision was being made.

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