Ivanka Trump ordered to testify in dispute with shoe company

Michele Moreno
June 26, 2017

Her lawyers did not immediately respond to CNNMoney's request for comment.

"The objective 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", the lawyers wrote.

"Accordingly, she can not avoid a deposition in this matter".

In its decision, the court ruled that the provision of evidence by Ivanka trump will be limited to two hours and will be held in Washington, DC.

If the shoe fits, wear it-but not for the president's daughter Ivanka Trump, who claims she had no role in the design of a shoe made by her fashion company, which is now the subject of an intellectual property infringement lawsuit.

Her manufacturer has flatly rejected the charge.

Ivanka Trump's footwear company is accused of ripping off designs from rival Aquazzura Italia SRL.

Aquazurra's attorneys beg to differ, citing a time she publicly declared that "There's not a shoe I'm not intimately involved in designing".

"In such a situation, a deposition is appropriate".

The luxury shoe company Aquazzura Italia SRL sued the President's eldest daughter previous year in Manhattan federal court - claiming her Hettie model sandal was a knockoff of the brand's best-selling $785 Wild Thing. Its lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Forrest ruled that Trump's deposition must be kept to under two hours and done in Washington, D.C., where she now resides.

The judge's ruling said: "While that declaration does assert a lack of personal knowledge of the design at issue, plaintiff asserts otherwise". It is set to take place in October on a "mutually acceptable schedule".

Other shoes sold by Trump's IT Collection and named in the suit also appear strikingly similar to those created by Aquazzura.

"Defendants have copied almost every detail of Plaintiff's well-known and coveted Wild Thing Shoe, from the shape and silhouette to the fringe covering the toes, to the tassel on the heel", lawyers for Aquazzura wrote in the lawsuit.

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