YSL Responds To Christian Louboutin’s Red-Sole Case Appeal
In court papers filed Tuesday, French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent basically said shoemaker Christian Louboutin has a pretty slim chance of getting a court to reverse the decision that allows YSL to sell red-soled shoes, egging on a months-long trademark infringement case that could have big implications for the fashion industry.
The two companies have been fighting since April, when Louboutin sued YSL for selling a red-soled shoe it felt violated its 2008 trademark on the decoration. It asked a court in New York to impose a preliminary injunction that would stop YSL from selling those shoes, but the presiding Judge Victor Marerro denied that request. Instead, he questioned whether or not Louboutin should have been given the trademark in the first place, effectively asking the company to “show cause” as to why he should cancel its trademark registration altogether.
That was in August. Louboutin appealed the decision with a filing in October. Then, this Tuesday, YSL filed its response to that appeal, saying that Louboutin faces a “formidable hurdle” in getting the appellate court to reverse Marrero’s decision not to stop YSL from selling those shoes.
Women’s Wear Daily reports that Louboutin has let the response roll off its back — Harley Lewin, they lawyer representing Louboutin, told the paper that he had “taken a quick review [of the brief and], there are no surprises here. YSL essentially is mirroring the arguments it used at the lower level, which is entirely expected.”
But if YSL’s arguments worked at the lower court level, will they work at the appellate level, too? We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, if there are points of the case that still bewilder you, check out our legal expert Charles Colman’s point-by-point breakdown on how to understand the many complex legal thingies going on in this lawsuit here.