The move to cease litigation follows a US Court of Appeals decision in September stating that YSL had not infringed on Louboutins red-sole trademark by retailing an all-red shoe. The Court also upheld Louboutins trademark, excepting cases when the shoe in question is red all over, like YSLs.
Both fashion houses called the decision a major victory, and it looks like they meant it, to the extent that at least one of the parties would like all the legal wrangling to cease.
Now that the Court of Appeals has definitively ruled for Yves Saint Laurent and has dismissed Christian Louboutins claims, Yves Saint Laurent has decided to end what was left of the litigation and refocus its energies on its business and its creative designs, YSL counsel David Bernstein said in a statement to WWD.
By dismissing the case now, Yves Saint Laurent also wishes to ensure that the Court will not make any further rulings that put at risk the ability of fashion designers to trademark color in appropriate cases.
UPDATED: Not quite! Louboutin gets the last word here, with a statement that includes the following: