UPDATE: The Galliano vs. Dior Lawsuit is in Action

WWD is tweeting. The industry go-to publication said this morning: “John Galliano attends a Paris court hearing into his suit against former employer Christian Dior Couture.” Sounds like the disgraced designer, who is set to make a comeback with Oscar de la Renta, is following through with his suit against Dior. The designer reportedly filed a complaint with Dior this past August for breach of contract, asking for over $18 million in damages, following his drunken tirade and subsequent ouster from the French design house in 2011.

And Galliano claimed a victory today. The French Labor Relations Court held that it will hear Galliano’s claims against Dior stemming from his dismissal in March 2011 after 15 years as creative director. Jean Néret of Jeantet Associés, the lawyer for Christian Dior and John Galliano (the company), argued for dismissal of the case, claiming that the case should be heard by a commercial court. Galliano's lawyer argued today that it is inaccurate to portray Galliano as a mere subcontractor, since he was tied to Christian Dior Couture and John Galliano (the later of which he owns 91%) by exclusivity clauses. While the damages that Galliano is seeking are currently undefined, they are estimated to be $7.77 million. More to come ...