Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent will be leaving their 18-month legal battle in 2012, as the Manhattan federal district court officially dismissed the case yesterday, confirming that Louboutin has no further claims against YSL over red monochrome shoes, WWD reports.
It's not exactly a Christmas miracle--an end was in sight in October, when YSL filed a motion to dismiss all of their counterclaims against Louboutin, who initially filed suit against YSL in April 2011 for selling a shoe with a red sole.
After a lot of back and forth, both parties more or less won in the end. Right before New York Fashion Week, the court ruled that Louboutin has the right to trademark protection over his red soles and that other companies--YSL included--may continue to sell shoes with a red sole, so long as the entire shoe is red. YSL then decided to quit while they were ahead and dismiss counterclaims including a request for cancellation of Louboutin’s U.S. trademark registration and tortious interference and unfair competition.
Now, both labels can put this behind them and start 2013 with a clean slate, as another of 2012's many fashion beefs is finally settled.
Happy New Year!