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Louboutin/YSL Injunction Denied

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Christian Louboutin's request for an injunction against Yves Saint Laurent—in an effort to disallow the brand to manufacture shoes with red soles#8212;has been denied. In the decision, Judge Victor Marrero writes: "Because in the fashion industry color serves ornamental and aesthetic functions vital to robust competition, the court finds that Louboutin is unlikely to be able to prove that its red outsole brand is entitled to trademark protection, even if it has gained enough public recognition in the market to have acquired secondary meaning." [CocoPerez]