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Motorcycle club fined $500,000 but keeps logo trademarks

In this Oct. 21, 2008, photo, the Mongols motorcycle club's logo adorns clothing and motorcycles at a news conference in Los Angeles. A federal judge on Friday, May 17, 2019, fined the Mongols motorcycle club $500,000 in a racketeering and conspiracy case but refused the latest effort in a decade-long attempt by the government to take away the club's control over its logo — a Genghis Khan-style rider in sunglasses astride a chopper-style bike.

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 18, 2019

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A federal judge in California has fined the Mongols motorcycle club $500,000 in a racketeering case but still won't let the government take away the club's control over its trademarked logo.

A judge at a Friday sentencing in Santa Ana refused another U.S. government bid to wrest away the club's control of its image — a Genghis Khan-like figure with sunglasses riding a chopper.

The government blames the club for murders and drug pushing, and wants to deprive the group of a powerful recruiting image. The jury that convicted the club of racketeering agreed.

But in February, Judge David O. Carter ruled stripping the club of its logo would be unconstitutional. Carter rejected a new government request on Friday.

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