Judge orders Ivanka Trump to testify in shoe dispute

  • Judge orders Ivanka Trump to testify in shoe dispute

Judge orders Ivanka Trump to testify in shoe dispute

President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka must give testimony later this year in a lawsuit against her apparel company, which is accused of lifting designs from a celebrated Italian shoemaker, a USA judge ruled.

Aquazzura Italia SRL filed the suit last June against Trump's company IT Collection LLC. It claims the brand has produced cheaper knockoffs of Aquazurra's "coveted" and highly publicized shoe designs.

Ms Trump's fashion company has also recently filed several trademark applications in China, adding fuel to the fire that is the debate over the Trump family possibly using their political position for business gain. Lawyers Ivanka trump suggested that President IT Collection Abigail Terminals answered the questions.

They said the Aquazurra design lacks the "distinctiveness" it would need to be protected by intellectual property laws.

District Judge Katherine Forrest says the businesswoman and presidential adviser must give evidence in the case, dismissing pleas for an exemptiont due to due to her "exceptional circumstances" as a "high-ranking government official".

She now serves in an unpaid White House role as an adviser to President Trump.

"I had no involvement in the conception, design, production or sale of the Hettie Shoe", she said.

On the heels of a seemingly awkward encounter with Marco Rubio and a push for new job-training programs, White House aide Ivanka Trump will have to testify in a dispute with an Italian shoemaker, according to the Associated Press. The corresponding decision of the U.S. Supreme court ruled on Friday.

Ms Trump Aquazurra deposition is set to take place in Washington DC sometime before October 2017.

Ivanka Trump's company declined to comment. The Italian company claims Trump can sell them at a fraction of the cost because she has dodged the costs of their original designs.

In her ruling, the judge said: "Ms Trump's public statements regarding active and comprehensive brand management lead to a reasonable inference that the shoe at issue would not have been released without her approval".

Trump must testify in Washington D.C., where she now resides, and her deposition must be submitted by October, wrote Forrest.

"The goal of the deposition is not for harassment, but because Ms. Trump possesses individual knowledge not only of what did or did not occur with regard to the shoes at issue, but of how she handles the supervision of her licensees generally, and what steps she takes to avoid licensees' intentional copying", Aquazzura's lawyers said.