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The Cleveland Indians have been sued over the team’s planned name change to The Cleveland Guardians.

A roller derby team named the Cleveland Guardians filed the lawsuit earlier today.

The lawsuit makes some juicy claims.

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#ClevelandGuardians #ClevelandIndians
The elbows begin flying immediately in the complaint.

In the second paragraph the roller derby team asserts that two sports teams cannot reside in the same city and have the same name.

After coming out of the gate strong, the roller derby team goes on to posit that it has common-law trademark rights in northeast Ohio, going back to late 2013.

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A roller derby team filed a trademark application for "Cleveland Guardians" on July 27.

The filing was made 4 days after the @Indians announced the team would be renamed the "Cleveland Guardians."

This is why the filing is significant.

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The roller derby's trademark filing for "Cleveland Guardians" was focused on merchandise items.

These items overlap the items claimed in the @Indians' trademark filing for "Cleveland Guardians."

Specifically, class 16 (bumper stickers) and class 25 (clothing).

In its trademark application, the roller derby team also claimed that it has been using the Cleveland Guardians trademark to sell merchandise since 2014.

If true, this would give the roller derby team "common law" trademark rights extending back to 2014.
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