LOUBOUTIN, JOURDAN SETTLE: Christian Louboutin, the maker of red-soled heels, settled its lawsuit Monday against fellow shoemaker Charles Jourdan.
Louboutin sued Jourdan early last month, claiming it and retailer DSW infringed on Louboutin’s red-sole trademark when it sold Jourdan shoes with red bottoms. In the lawsuit, which was filed in New York federal court, Louboutin called Jourdan’s shoes “counterfeit” versions of its own shoes, and claimed that it supplied the infringing product to select DSW stores in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
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However, following a status conference in late June, Louboutin, Jourdan and DSW were able to come to an “amicable resolution,” according to Louboutin’s lawyer, Harley Lewin of McCarter & English. Lewin had tried Louboutin’s headline-making case against Yves Saint Laurent over its red-sole mark, which was initiated in 2011. Last September, a New York federal appeals court ruled that Louboutin has the right to protect its mark for women’s heels with red soles, as long as the remainder of the shoe is a different color.
In the Jourdan suit, matters were much more easily hashed out.
“We received excellent cooperation from the parties, Charles Jourdan and DSW,” Lewin said, but underscored that the terms of the settlement could not be disclosed.