YSL Drops 18-Month Lawsuit Against Christian Louboutin Over Red Soles

YSL Drops 18-Month Lawsuit Against Christian Louboutin Over Red Soles
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Yves Saint Laurent has dropped its lawsuit against designer Christian Louboutin, bringing closure to the debate over who owns the rights to red-soled shoes for good.


The most recent court decision allowed YSL to continue to make shoes that feature red soles, on the condition that the upper of the shoe be red as well.

However Louboutin’s 2008 trademark protection over the red sole alone will continue to be upheld, a decision which lead YSL to cancel its six counterclaims against Louboutin.

In court documents filed Tuesday, YSL said it “has decided that these claims are no longer worth pursuing… thus resolving what remains of this litigation and allowing the parties to close the book on this litigation and refocus their attention on their respective fashion creations.”

The case began back in April of 2011, when Christian Louboutin sued YSL for using red soles on its shoes.

Louboutin demanded $1 million in damages, which was based on a trademark granted to Louboutin in 2008 for red soles.


“Without prejudice means we have the right to re-file claims to cancel the trademark if Louboutin challenges us again with respect to our designs,” said YSL’s lawyer David Bernstein.

The initial ruling, however, was considered a victory for both sides.

Louboutin’s lawyer, Harley Lewin, said the ruling was in order “to protect a life’s work… embodied in the red sole found on his women’s luxury shoes.”

Now that this debacle is over, the legal system can finally get back to settling cases more important than the color of the underside of high heels.

Stephen Willard | Elite.

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