Christian Louboutin has lost a lawsuit against Zara, and has been ordered to pay $3,600 to the high street retailer. Pennies!
According to Grazia, Louboutin filed a lawsuit against Zara in 2008 claiming Zara sold a pair of slingbacks that were far too similar to a Louboutin design. The Zara version cost around $70, while the Loubs cost nearly $700. Louboutin won the suit, but Zara fired back with an appeal in 2011, citing there was no way that a customer would confuse the two. Now France’s final court of appeal Cour de Cassation has ruled in favor of Zara (ouch) and has fined Louboutin (double ouch).
But Louboutin’s general manager Alexis Mourot tells WWD that the company is not backing down:
“Another red sole trademark application has been successfully registered and we will enforce this trademark against any infringers.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time Louboutin has lost such a lawsuit. If you remember (or still care), the brand is trying to appeal that nasty infringement suit decision against YSL.