The John Galliano v. Christian Dior lawsuit isn’t over. You may recall that Maison Margiela creative director John Galliano filed and subsequently lost a wrongful termination case against both Christian Dior and his eponymous label, stemming from his firing back in 2011. Galliano filed a complaint against the two brands in August 2013 for breach of contract, asking for over $18 million in damages, following his drunken tirade and subsequent ouster from his roles as creative director at the two design houses. Galliano’s key claim: Wrongful termination in connection with his contracts. As you may know, at-will employment is not as heavily recognized in European employment law as it is in the U.S. Hence, the contract dispute.
Well, as of November 2014, Galliano lost that lawsuit. He was not only not granted any of the $18 million in damages he was seeking, he was ordered to pay both Christian Dior and John Galliano a symbolic €1 each. We can only assume that the minimal sum that Galliano was ordered to pay up amounts to some form of nominal damages, a small amount of money awarded in a lawsuit to show that a legal wrong has occurred, but no substantial harm was suffered.
While there was no talk of an appeal after Galliano’s claims were rejected by the Paris labour court, we have since learned that Gallino is, in fact, appealing. His lawyer, Chantal Giraud-van Gaver of Coblence & Associés, filed to appeal the lower court’s decision on Wednesday, telling WWD: “Given the deadlines for the Paris Court of Appeals, the case should be heard in 2017.” The appeal will likely center on Giraud-van Gaver’s argument that Galliano’s dismissal from Dior and his eponymous label (the latter of which Galliano owns 91%) should be considered null and void because it was based on a preexisting medical condition.