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Judge to decide on temporary YSL ban in Louboutin red-sole dispute

A US-based judge will decide on a proposed temporary ban of Yves Saint Laurent’s 2011 red-soled cruise collection shoes until the ongoing dispute with Christian Louboutin is resolved, it was announced today.

According to reports, Judge Victor Marrero, based at New York’s Southern District, will make a decision on a preliminary injunction banning the sale of the shoes. His judgement will precursor as to who the trial will favour, reports said.  

Louboutin first filed a lawsuit in April. The designer claimed that red soled shoes from YSL’s range violated his signature red-soled designs which are now iconic and synonymous with the Louboutin brand. Louboutin also argued that to allow YSL red soles would prompt a tidal wave of other imitators and damage his brand. Louboutin obtained the trademark for his trademark soles in 2008.

YSL has argued that a trademark should never have been issued and is impossible to regulate given the array of red shades in existence. It has also argued that red soles have been used on YSL shoes since the 1970s and are not directly linked to the Louboutin brand.

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