Christian Louboutin Denied Injunction Against Yves Saint Laurent

Back in April, Shoe designer Christian Louboutin filed suit against Yves Saint Laurent in Manhattan federal court for using his trademarked red soles. Louboutin was reportedly seeking more than $1 million in damages from YSL.

On Wednesday, Judge Victor Marrero denied Christian Louboutin a preliminary injunction stating, “Because in the fashion industry color serves ornamental and aesthetic functions vital to robust competition, the court finds that Louboutin is unlikely to be able to prove that its red outsole brand is entitled to trademark protection, even if it has gained enough public recognition in the market to have acquired secondary meaning.”
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Christian Louboutin Sues Over Use of Red Soles

Christian Louboutin isn’t playing around when it comes to protecting his brand. The French shoe designer has taken legal action against Yves Saint Laurent, filing a lawsuit last week in the Manhattan federal court for using his trademarked red soles. And it doesn’t stop there. In addition, he has now taken legal action this week against footwear company Carmen Steffans for the same offense. According to the lawsuit, Christian Louboutin originated the Red Sole logo trademark nearly 20 years ago and is seeking more than $1 million in damages from Yves Saint Laurent.

Forbes Ranks Fashion’s Wealthiest

Forbes highlights the owners behind some of fashion’s most affluent brands in their latest list of the Billionaires of Fashion. Topping the list is Bernard Arnault, owner of LVHM, with a net worth of $41 billion. In addition, Arnault also made the 2011 Forbes World’s Billionaires list and ranked as the 4th richest person in the world. The list also welcomes newcomers Tod’s Group and Forever 21. See who else made the list below.

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