The legal battle over the color red, and proof you can actually sue over anything these days, between Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent is finally, finally over and it’s like a weight has been lifted from our shoulders. Or in this case, like kicking off your heels after a long day at the office. Relief!
It all started when Christian L. took serious dispute over YSL’s use of its signature red soles (someone call Elle Woods!) on one of its pumps in April 2011. The former demanded $1 million in damages from the latter using a trademark the label was granted in 2008 as its defense, furling both houses into 18 months of litigation and eye rolling from the general public.
Ultimately, a federal appeals court in September ruled that Louboutin does have exclusive rights to red sole shoes (in the shade of “China Red”), except when the entire shoe itself is red (exhibit a: the YSL Trib Too shoe in question). It was like a partial victory for both houses, and there hasn’t been this exhausting a debate over shoes since every time Carrie Bradshaw gets dressed in the morning.
Today, YSL is shelving the whole debacle, closing the book on the fitting-title-for-an-Agatha-Christie-novel The Case of the Red Soled Shoes by filing a motion to dismiss all its counterclaims. The official press release reads:
“Now that the Court of Appeals has definitively ruled for Yves Saint Laurent and has dismissed Christian Louboutin’s claims, Yves Saint Laurent has decided to end what was left of the litigation and refocus its energies on its business and its creative designs. By dismissing the case now, Yves Saint Laurent also wishes to ensure that the Court will not make any further rulings that put at risk the ability of fashion designers to trademark color in appropriate cases.”
That’s it, all. YSL nails the final heel into the stiletto and we’re kind of glad because countersuing is soooooo last season.