YSL has Louboutin Seeing Red


Elvis Costello's 1977 hit song "The Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes" might be an appropriate theme song for the high profile fashion trademark case that was brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York earlier last month by the designer Christian Louboutin, Christian Louboutin S.A. and Christian Louboutin LLC ("Christian Louboutin") against Yves Saint Laurent America, Inc., Yves Saint Laurent America Holding, Inc., Yves Saint Laurent S.A.S. and Yves Saint Laurent ("YSL). Plaintiff Louboutin and his related corporate entities allege that YSL and its affiliated companies violated Louboutin's red sole trademark by selling women's shoes with red uppers and outsoles virtually identical to Louboutin's red sole trademark. Plaintiffs further allege that: "YSL shoe models Tribute, Tribtoo, Palais, and Woodstock all appear now to carry the copy of Plaintiffs' Red Sole Mark." The YSL shoes at issue were part of a YSL collection featuring colored soles and uppers in red, green and blue color ways. Plaintiffs seek injunctive relief to prevent YSL from any further sales of red-soled shoes, profits allegedly earned through sales of the accused infringing shoes, actual damages, statutory damages, interest, and costs and reasonable attorneys' fees.

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