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John Galliano Kicks Dior's Butt In Court, For Now

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John Galliano wins first round in court battle with former employer Christian Dior

This is probably going to get worse before it gets better, but as of right now John Galliano can rest easy knowing he's won the first round of his battle with former employer Christian Dior.

The designer, who fell from grace after making anti-semitic remarks that were caught on tape, headed to court in Paris on Monday to make claims against Christian Dior Couture and the John Galliano brand (Dior owns 91% of the designer's namesake line).

His lawyer, Chantal Giraud-van Gaver of Coblence & Associés, argued against Dior lawyer Jean Néret's insistence that the case must be heard in a commercial court due to the complex nature of Galliano's contracts.

After the court ruled in Galliano's favor, the 52-year-old designer was seen coming out of the courthouse with a smile on his face. Though he kept mum, his lawyer, speaking to reporters, said:

“This jurisdiction is very, very cluttered, and therefore the delays are very, very long. The proof is that we just lost time because instead of hearing our full arguments, the court has to explore the question of its competence. For the time being, we are winning."

Though Giraud-van Gaver did not reveal the amount that Galliano is seeking in the case, she explained:

“There are several arguments. One is based on nullity, one takes into account his health, one argues that his dismissal was ill-founded, so depending on what the court retains, there are different degrees of compensation involved. He was at the company for a long time and he had a big salary, so the sums demanded will necessarily be high.”

For his part, Galliano looked sharp in skinny black trousers, black trench coat, and dotted scarf, because whether you are suing or getting sued, it's important to look good.

N'est-ce pas?

[Image via AKM-GSI.]

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