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4th Circuit rules against NAACP in trademark case

(AP) A federal appeals court says an advocacy group did not violate the NAACP’s trademark by calling it the “National Association for the Abortion of Colored People.”

The unanimous ruling Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a victory for the Radiance Foundation, which addresses social issues of interest to the black community from a Christian perspective. The court ruled that the organization’s satirical headline on a website article criticizing the NAACP is protected by the First Amendment.

The decision reverses U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson’s ruling in favor of the nation’s leading civil rights organization.

The NAACP is officially neutral on abortion, but the Radiance Foundation claimed that the civil rights organization is aligned with Planned Parenthood and its position on the issue.

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