(CN) — The Mongol Nation Motorcycle Club can keep their trademark logo, typically worn on jackets and vests by members, thanks to a Ninth Circuit ruling handed down Friday. But the three-judge panel also declined to overturn the 2018 criminal conviction of the organization on federal racketeering charges.
In a written statement, Stephen Stubbs, the Mongols general counsel, called the ruling “a victory not only for the Mongols Motorcycle Club, but for all motorcycle clubs, freedom, and America as a whole.”
Headquartered in Southern California, the Mongols Motorcycle Club has been around since the late 1960s, and has roughly 2,000 members spread across different chapters around the world. Federal prosecutors have described the club as “a beehive of pernicious criminal activity,” and “a group of violent motorcycle gang members who orchestrated the Mongol Gang’s commission of brutal crimes, including multiple murders, assaults, shootings, stabbings and drug trafficking.”