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Challenge to Indians' Chief Wahoo case moves forward in Toronto

Challenge to Indians' Chief Wahoo case moves forward in Toronto
Published On: Tue, Jun 06
Apr 17, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) celebrate a 6-0 win over the Cleveland Indians Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Indians could be forced to leave Chief Wahoo --- and any reference to Indians on their uniforms ---- at home when they next play in Toronto if a pending case brought by an indigenous rights activist prevails.

Jo-Anne Pickel, an adjudicator for the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, ruled last month that despite objections posed by the Indians, Major League Baseball, and Canadian broadcaster and Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications that case should be allowed to move forward. Oral arguments in front of the court could take place by years end.

From our standpoint, our client is not asking for something thats impractical, Paul-Erik Veel, one of the other lawyers who represent Cardinal in the court action. They have uniforms that dont use the particular logo and simply have the name Cleveland and a "C" on them already.

The Indians, MLB and Rogers argued, in separate filings, that the Ontario court has no standing to hear the case since it deals with trademark law and that the Indians name and logo does not raise human rights issues.

Pickel ruled against those objections on May 23.

Cardinal sought an immediate injunction last fall before the Indians were set to play Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in American League Championship Series. The Ontario Superior Court denied that request.

Cardinal followed with two other legal actions: one filed in the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario over the Indians use of the logo during games played Rogers Centre and another one of the federal court level with Canadian Human Rights Commission.

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