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Yves Saint Laurent Challenges Christian Louboutin Lawsuit in Court

>> Last month, Christian Louboutin hit Yves Saint Laurent with a $1 million-plus trademark-infringement lawsuit for the use of red soled shoes in the Spring 2011 YSL collection. Now, Saint Laurent has filed court papers, alleging that Louboutin fraudently claimed "exclusive" use of red soles in his trademark application and is illegally trying to monopolize a style that he didn't invent.

"Red outsoles are a commonly used ornamental design feature in footwear, dating as far back as the red shoes worn by King Louis XIV in the 1600s and the ruby red shoes that carried Dorothy home in The Wizard of Oz," YSL says in court papers. "As an industry leader who has devoted his entire professional life to women's footwear, Mr. Louboutin either knew or should have known about some or all of the dozens of footwear models that rendered his sworn statement false."

The French fashion house also notes that it has been producing shoes with red soles since the 1970s, "long before" Louboutin began doing so, and alleges that Louboutin's suit is part of an "anti-competitive campaign" that included pressuring retailers like Saks, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus to pull Yves Saint Laurent shoes off their shelves.

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