Red Alert: Louboutin Settles Suit with Charles Jourdan Footwear

Signature style: one of the latest pairs from Christian Louboutin featuring its trademarked red soles (Photo: Caroline Daily)

Signature style: one of the latest pairs from Christian Louboutin featuring its trademarked red soles (Photo: Caroline Daily)

New York—After seeing red over what Christian Louboutin alleged was a trademark infringement of its iconic red-soled shoes, the designer footwear brand “came to an amicable settlement” with Charles Jourdan Fashion Footwear LLC.

Louboutin had filed a lawsuit against Charles Jourdan in New York federal court, alleging that Jourdan copied its trademark design and sold counterfeit footwear at DSW stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Unlike the legal battle with Yves Saint Laurent, this case was settled privately without any further legal action.

Last year, a federal judge gave Louboutin a partial victory in its fight over all-red shoes (including the soles) from Yves Saint Laurent. In the ruling, Louboutin’s trademark on red soled shoes was upheld, but the court gave YSL the right to sell its all-red shoes.

Louboutin also recently filed another trademark infringement and counterfeiting suit against Alba Footwear LLC, seeking an injunction and $2 million in damages.

 

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Jeff Prine

Jeff Prine, Editor at Large, Accessories Magazine
Jeff returns as a regular contributor to Accessories magazine. Initially Jeff worked as senior editor at Accessories more than 20 years ago and his love of the industry has followed him until present. Since his tenure here, Jeff has continued to report jewelry, watch and other luxury goods trends as executive editor at Modern Jeweler magazine, fashion director at Lustre, and as contributor on products and trends for consumer and trade publications and websites. In addition to his editorial experience, Jeff also served as an adjunct instructor for accessories merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology. jeffp@busjour.com