Ivanka Ordered To Testify In Trademark Dispute With Italian Shoemaker

Ivanka Trump forced to give testimony in shoe designer suit

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 U.S. judge ruled.

The trademark infringement lawsuit was initially filed by designer shoemaker Aquazzura against Ivanka's company, IT Collection LLC, in June a year ago.

Despite "the obvious time constraints that Ms. Trump must now have.it is nonetheless true that she is alleged to have personal involvement in the events at issue in this lawsuit", Judge Forrest wrote in her three-page ruling.

Forrest did put limits on Trump's deposition, saying it can last no more than two hours because of her "competing professional obligations".

In a statement filed with the court June 16, Trump said she had "no involvement in the conception, design, production or sale of the Hettie shoe", the sandal at the center of the suit by Florence shoemaker Aquazzura.




Trump said her involvement had been strictly limited to signing off each season's line and that she wasn't aware of Aquazarra's "Wild Thing" sandal at the time that she approved the "Hettie Shoe" as part of her season's line. Its lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Ivanka Trump has been ordered to answer questions for a lawsuit with an Italian shoe designer. The company alleged that Trump and Fisher had plagiarized one of their shoe models, called "the Wild Thing" by creating an identical copy and launching it under a different name. It is set to take place in October on a "mutually acceptable schedule".

The judge's ruling said: "While that declaration does assert a lack of personal knowledge of the design at issue, plaintiff asserts otherwise. There's not a shoe I'm not intimately involved in designing".

Aquazzura, in its lawsuit, said its shoe designs had "skyrocketed to fame in the fashion world" since the company was formed in 2011, with its footwear "coveted by fashionistas and celebrities alike". It says almost every detail of its shoe was copied. According to the lawsuit, Trump's company stopped selling another shoe after Aquazurra complained.

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