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Yves Saint Laurent Dismisses Christian Louboutin Lawsuit

It's All Over: Yves Saint Laurent Drops Christian Louboutin Lawsuit


Well, this took long enough. A year after Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Louboutin sued each other over a pair of red-soled shoes, YSL has filed a motion to dismiss its case against the French shoemaker.

The newest development comes just a month after a New York judge decided that Louboutin has the right to its trademark on red-soled shoes — except in the case of a shoe that's red all over. An all-red shoe with a red sole that YSL produced last year is what prompted Louboutin to sue YSL for trademark infringement last April. The ruling means that technically, both firms can claim victory in this case — and that's exactly what YSL's lawyer David Bernstein did today.

"Now that the Court of Appeals has definitively ruled for Yves Saint Laurent and has dismissed Christian Louboutin's claims, Yves Saint Laurent has decided to end what was left of the litigation and refocus its energies on its business and its creative designs," Bernstein said. "By dismissing the case now, Yves Saint Laurent also wishes to ensure that the Court will not make any further rulings that put at risk the ability of fashion designers to trademark color in appropriate cases."

Louboutin's lawyers may not agree with that interpretation of last month's ruling, but they were happy about it. Harley Levin, who represents the shoemaker, said, "The two key elements we sought answered were that color can be a trademark in the fashion industry and that our trademark is valid and enforceable — thank God."

Photo via Christian Louboutin.

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