New Balance, Louis Vuitton Give Shoe Feud The Boot

Law360, New York (December 17, 2009, 1:20 PM EST) -- LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA has said it will discontinue its Minstrel sneaker as part of a deal ending a trade dress suit brought by New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc., which claimed the high-end fashion house's shoe design mirrored its “iconic” 574 model.

On Wednesday, the French fashion house and the sneaker maker announced that they'd settled the trademark suit that New Balance filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Without revealing the terms of the settlement, the companies said Louis...
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