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DSW Inc. and Zappos Reach Settlement in Lawsuit Related To Affiliated Marketing on the Internet


COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW) and Zappos announced today the companies have reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by DSW in May 2008. The lawsuit related to affiliated marketing over the Internet that included the DSW name. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.


"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with DSW on this issue," said Millie Lauren Chou, Associate General Counsel of Zappos. Bill Jordan, General Counsel of DSW Inc., stated, "We respect Zappos as a competitor, and this case provides a framework for discussing intellectual property and brand equity issues in the affiliate advertising context."

About DSW Inc.

DSW Inc. is a leading branded footwear specialty retailer that offers a wide selection of brand name and designer dress, casual and athletic footwear for women and men. As of March 16, 2009, DSW operated 299 stores in 37 states and operated an e-commerce site, DSW also supplied footwear to 367 leased locations in the United States. For store locations and additional information about DSW, visit


Established in 1999, has quickly become a leader in online apparel and footwear sales by striving to provide shoppers with the best possible service and selection. In 2008, the company's gross merchandise sales exceeded $1 billion. currently stocks millions of products from over 1000 clothing and shoe brands. was recognized in 2009 by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as one of the "100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR", debuting as the highest-ranking newcomer to FORTUNE's 2009 list. More information about the company's customer service philosophy, unique company culture, and job openings can be found at More information about the "Zappos Insights" business membership program can be found at


CONTACT: DSW Inc., +1-614-872-1474;, +1-702-943-7777

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