Joel Rubin

Joel Rubin covers federal courts and agencies. A native of Maine, he moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to join the Los Angeles Times. Prior to his current assignment, Rubin spent several years writing about the Los Angeles Police Department. He also covered the region’s public schools and spent a memorable few months in 2003 following wildfires as they burned Southern California.
Mongols biker gang found guilty in racketeering case, moving government closer to seizing trademark

Mongol Nation, a group of leaders in the Mongols motorcycle club, was found guilty of racketeering by a federal jury. Now, prosecutors will seek to have the trademark the club holds on its insignia forfeited, which they believe will give authorities the power to bar members from wearing the image.

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Could a notorious biker club’s survival hinge on a trademark? The feds are betting on it

After years spent battling the Mongols motorcycle club in court, federal prosecutors are trying to strip the club's leaders of the trademark it filed for the club's coveted logo. Experts said it was unclear what loss of the trademark would mean for the club's existence.