DSW Inc. and Zappos settled a lawsuit over affiliated online marketing that included the DSW name. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
As previously reported, DSW's lawsuit filed last May alleged that 'DSW' was being used in multiple URLs by Zappos along with DSW store photographs in an effort to mislead consumers into believing they were on a DSW-related website. The site then linked customers to the Zappos.com site, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus, OH.
In its response filed last July, Zappos asked the court to dismiss the action because DSW's complaint “does not allege that Zappos owned or had any control over the domain names at issue.”
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with DSW on this issue,” said Millie Lauren Chou, associate general counsel of Zappos, last week in a statement.