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Christian Louboutin Loses Another Red Sole Case!

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Christian Louboutin's been dealt another legal blow is his crusade against any and everyone producing red soled shoes!

Back in 2008 the French cobbler sued Zara France for counterfeiting and unfair competition over an open-toed shoe that looked identical to his YoYo heel.

After the court ruled in favor of Louboutin, Zara filed their own appeal, which resulted in the original decision being overturned in June of 2011 because "the terms of Louboutin’s trademark registration were too vague, noting for instance that it did not contain a Pantone color reference for the red soles".

Oops. That's why they pay lawyers the big bucks, right?

Last week the 4 year legal battle came to an end in France's final court of appeal, which upheld the 2011 ruling in favor of Zara. The court determined there was no legal or procedural error in the case and ordered Louboutin to pay Zara $3,600 as compensation.

We can only imagine the massive grins the folks at Yves Saint Laurent have across their faces right now!

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Law Professors Side With YSL In The Battle Of The Red Soles

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Law professors have come to the defense of Yves Saint Laurent in the Christian Louboutin red-soled shoe saga.

On Tuesday 11 professors filed an amicus brief with the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit saying Louboutin's request to trademark a single color should be rejected because it goes against the doctrine of aesthetic functionality.

In a nutshell the aesthetic of functionality prevents companies from "using trademark as a kind of back door to perpetual patentlike protection for attractive but non-novel product features".

The professors

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Small Victory For Christian Louboutin's Red Soles

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Christian Louboutin: 1 Yves Saint Laurent: 0

The judge presiding over the red sole shoe battle sided with Monsieur Louboutin on Wednesday after ruling YSL's chart of red-soled shoes inadmissible.

Loub's lawyer argued the chart's accuracy couldn't be verified and Judge Victor Marrero agreed.

Not exactly a huge victory, but a victory nonetheless.

YSL and Louboutin are still waiting on a final decision, but no one knows when it's expected.

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Valentino Did The Red Sole Thing WAY Before Louboutin

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Remember how Christian Louboutin claimed he was the first designer to do colored soles — ever?

That's a crock of red paint according to Valentino's longtime business partner!

Giancarlo Giammetti was more than happy to point out Valentino produced red sole shoes in 1969 and 1983. In other words, way before Louboutin established his business in 1992.

Think Yves Saint Laurent will use this in their ongoing legal battle? Because we do!

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Louboutin Tries To Stop Dior From Making Red-Soled Shoes

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And the ridiculousness continues!

Christian Louboutin is seeking a court order to keep competitors from copying his signature colored soles.

The papers were filed on Tuesday after an employee at Christian Dior told a Louboutin private investigator about their plans to release a collection of shoes with red soles.

Wait a minute. He hired a private investigator!? That's a little much, don't cha think?

Since the New York Post published the rumor, a Dior spokesperson has denied the rumor, telling WWD the fashion house "does not manufacture and sell any shoes with a red sole".

See monsieur, no need to lose sleep over it!

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YSL To Louboutin: You Weren't The First To Use Red Soles!

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The claws are out in the battle between Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Louboutin.

As you'll recall, Louboutin filed a lawsuit against YSL last month after he discovered they were making their own shoes with red soles.

The French shoe designer even took it a step further by claiming he was the first ever to do the red sole thing, but now YSL is calling bullshit and they have proof!

In court papers filed in NYC, the fashion house said:

"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 also called Louboutin's trademark application a big crock of you know what for claiming to have exclusive use of the red sole:

"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."

Ouch.

We can't wait to hear Christian's response.

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Louboutin Says He Was The First To Do Colored Soles — Ever

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Christian Louboutin made an attempt to explain his two lawsuits against Yves Saint Laurent and Carmen Steffens this week.

The fancy footwear designer, who believes both labels are causing consumer confusion, said:

"I have the biggest respect for the house of Yves Saint Laurent. Having discussed the matter with them and not been able to reach an agreement, we have had to take this to court. My company has a trademark on the red sole and if we don't enforce it this would leave the door open for other brands to copy us while jeopardizing the identity of the Louboutin red sole. No one before me has ever used a colored sole to define a brand's identity. The red sole has become widely recognized as the distinct sign of my brand in the eyes of women all over the world."

If that's what you believe, monsieur, don't you think they'd be able to tell the difference? Have a little faith in your clientele!

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