Christian Louboutin wins a legal battle against a Dutch company
French shoe designer Christian Louboutin said Friday he won a long-running legal battle against a Dutch company accused of copying his famous high-heeled shoes and red soles.
Sunday, Feb 10th, 2019, Paris, France
A court in The Hague has ordered Dutch shoe manufacturer Van Haren to stop selling models similar to those of the French luxury brand. Van Haren, attacked by Louboutin for marketing shoes in 2012 with a red sole, will also pay damages to the company based in Paris.
The judgment of the Dutch court is in line with a ruling issued in June 2018 by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which had granted Louboutin the exclusivity of its famous red soles. The Court had held that a color may be filed as a mark.
“Christian Louboutin warmly welcomes this new judgment, which further strengthens the favorable decisions regarding the validity of the brand of red soles already issued in many countries,” the company said in a statement.
In its decision on Wednesday, the court in The Hague found that the model of Van Haren’s shoes, entitled “Fifth Avenue” and developed by American actress Halle Berry, “violates the trademark rights of the French designer.”
The judges ordered the Dutch company to destroy all existing copies of this model and to provide details of all the stores where it was sold.
The court in The Hague had asked in 2016 the CJEU, the highest court of the European Union, to rule on the right of exclusivity that could claim Louboutin on his red soles.
The French brand has been marketing its high-heeled shoes, which have become iconic, for more than 25 years.