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Louboutin Sues Charles Jourdan Over Red-Sole Trademark

Christian Louboutin Sarl sued Charles Jourdan Fashion Footwear LLC claiming it infringed a trademark for red-soled women’s shoes.

Jourdan supplied and shipped counterfeit shoes to retailers in New York, Louboutin said in a filing today in federal court in Manhattan.

“Defendants were and are aware that the counterfeit products they sell are not genuine Louboutin products,” Paris-based Louboutin said in its complaint.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled in September that Louboutin has the right to trademark protection for women’s shoes with red soles when the remainder of the shoe has a different color. The decision came in a case brought against Yves Saint Laurent America Inc.

Louboutin said in the complaint against Jourdan that the counterfeit shoes were sold on the website of DSW, or Designer Shoe Warehouse, and at stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn. It seeks $2 million in damages for each mark that is infringed.

Rachel Taylor, a spokeswoman for Huntington Beach, California-based Jourdan, didn’t respond to e-mails seeking comment on the lawsuit.

Christian Louboutin, a French fashion designer, created his brand with the lacquered red-soled shoes in 1992. They are priced from $495 to $6,395 a pair, according to the complaint.

The case is Christian Louboutin SAS v. Charles Jourdan Fashion Footwear LLC, 13-cv-3776, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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