Speaking of Raider memories, didn't Al Davis threaten to sue over our team colors? Anyone else remember that?
first time i really paid attention to al davis. forgot about that.
After a visit to Charlotte, Oakland Raiders confrontational owner Al Davis became enraged at Carolina’s decision to include silver and black in their color scheme.
In 1996, Davis filed a lawsuit against the NFL and the Panthers, citing trademark infringements, basically implying the Panthers had stolen their color scheme by using black and silver. (He filed a similar lawsuit against Tampa Bay because of their team logo).
The case would eventually be dismissed on a summary judgment because the relief sought would violate the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.
They were the Carolina Panthers now — and their colors were Panther blue, silver and black.
it didn't stop there, either. brought back up in '03.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have asked a judge to prevent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers from wearing their uniforms for games in California because they violate the Raiders' trademark rights.
The Raiders claim Tampa Bay's pirate logo is too similar to Oakland's. And the Raiders object to the Panthers' uniforms because two colors -- silver and black -- match those of the Raiders.
NFL spokesman Joe Browne said the issue is one of a handful that remain from a 1996 suit by the Raiders listing multiple grievances against the league. Some were transferred to courts in Los Angeles, where another Raiders case against the league is being fought.
Others already have been dismissed by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge John Herlihy. He did not rule Tuesday on the Raiders' efforts to seek a court order against the NFL banning those uniforms in California.