Louis Vuitton Malletier SA ("Louis Vuitton") won a bid to keep its trademark battle with the manufacturers of a novelty toy purse called "Pooey Puitton" in France. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter shut down a parallel case the toy maker was bringing against Louis Vuitton in the U.S., citing the "jurisdictionally bound" nature of trademarks.
According to Judge Walter, a foreign court's determination of trademark infringement has no relevance or effect on whether a product infringes in the U.S. and Louis Vuitton said it had never threatened litigation against the toy company in the U.S., so the case remains solely an issue for French courts.
Louis Vuitton Malletier SA was represented by Barack Ferrazzano Litigation partners Robert. E. Shapiro and Joshua W. Mahoney.
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