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MLB Strikes Out with the Ontario Superior Court

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has dismissed an application brought by Major League Baseball (“MLB”) seeking an interim decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) to be set aside and for dismissal or a stay of ongoing HRTO proceedings. It has been alleged that marks used in association with the MLB team the Cleveland Indians,  in particular the team’s name and logo comprising Chief Wahoo, are discriminatory and contrary to the Ontario Human Rights Code. The Court viewed the application as premature affirming the HRTO’s interim decision that the next step is a hearing before the HRTO on a full evidentiary record. To read the Court’s decision, click here.

To read the interim decision of the HRTO, click here.

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