Christian Louboutin is claiming victory in a five-year-long trademark dispute over its signature red soles involving Van Haren. The European Court of Justice has issued a favorable ruling for Christian Louboutin, supporting its argument that a specific shade of red on the soles of its shoes can be considered as a distinct and recognizable characteristic of the brand. In 2012, the French luxury label sued Van Haren for allegedly infringing on its trademark by selling women's shoes with similar soles. In 2013, the Brussels Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Louboutin, finding that the red soles represented a distinctive marker for consumers, and Van Haren was forced to cease production of the shoes in question. Van Haren had cited the shape of the shoe, which is not protected by EU trademark law, to argue that the trademark in question was invalid. In February of this year, an opinion issued by an advocate general for the European courts seemed to support Van Haren's argument. After the latest ruling by the European Court of Justice, the case has now been referred to the District Court of the Hague.