YSL Can Step On Louboutin's Red Sole Mark, Judge Says

Law360, New York (August 10, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge pulled the rug out from under Christian Louboutin SA's red-soled shoe monopoly Wednesday, refusing to bar Yves Saint Laurent America Inc. from selling similarly colored heels in a trademark suit that may soon land at the Second Circuit's feet.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero rejected Louboutin's request for a preliminary injunction, ruling that the Lanham Act did not permit a designer to corner the market on a swath of red hues.

"Because in the fashion industry color serves ornamental and aesthetic...
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