WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices wrestled with a case Tuesday pitting chic lingerie chain Victoria’s Secret against a Kentucky lingerie and sex-toy shop called Victor’s Secret, in a test that could change the scope of trademark protections.

Attorneys for Victoria’s Secret, the global intimate-apparel chain, argued that Victor’s Secret, a shop in a retail strip mall, illegally confuses consumers familiar with Victoria’s Secret. As a result, Victoria’s Secret maintains its name has been illegally used in violation of federal protections granted well-known brands under the Federal Trademark Dilution Act.

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