In October 2009, British design house Alexander McQueen — via its intellectual property holding company, AUTUMNPAPER LIMITED — brought a trade dress lawsuit against U.S. footwear giant Steve Madden, alleging that Madden's Seryna bootie was a "studied imitation" of its Faithful bootie.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the Southern District of New York, arose after McQueen's lawyers sent Madden a cease and desist letter requesting that the company stop making and selling the shoe, and Madden refused to oblige. The two companies reportedly voluntarily settled the lawsuit out of court as early at June 2011, but the case was not officially dismissed by the presiding judge on now. While Madden very likely said a monetary settlement to McQueen, it is interesting to note that Madden will not pay McQueen's legal or attorneys' fees.
Regarding the suit, Madden had this to say: "I'm sure they were alike. Yeah, of course they were. We see millions of shoes. We are influenced by everything that goes on."