Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Ivanka must testify in shoe copycat row

Ivanka must testify in shoe copycat row

US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump has been ordered by a US District Judge to testify in a dispute over her company's ripping off a rival's shoe design.

United States district Judge Katherine Forrest rejected a request by the senior White House aide's lawyers that she be blocked from submitting to a deposition in the trademark infringement lawsuit brought by Aquazzura Italia against her and her company IT Collection.

"In such a situation, the provision of evidence would be appropriate", said judge Katherine Forrest. Trump can only be questioned for two hours and that it must occur on her turf in Washington DC. The company claims its Belgravia, Forever Marilyn, Wild Thing shoes were rebranded by Trump's company under the names Necila, Teagin Pointy Toe Pump with Tassel, and Hettie stilleto.

The luxury Italian shoe company charged at the time that a red hot, high-heeled "Hettie" sandal manufactured by Trump's company was a knockoff of their $785 "Wild Thing" model. The Italian company claims Trump can sell them at a fraction of the cost because she has dodged the costs of their original designs.

The lawsuit against Ivanka Trump included photos of the two shoes at issue in the case.

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Trump's "active and comprehensive brand management lead to a reasonable inference that the shoe at issue would not have been released without her approval", the judge retorted.

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.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. It is set to take place in October on a "mutually acceptable schedule". However, Aquazzura's legal team argued that her testimony was necessary given her past public statements about heading brand Ivanka's operations and approving designs.

According to the lawsuit, her company stopped selling another shoe after Aquazzura complained that one of its products had been copied.

Filing the lawsuit in 2016, Aquazurra claimed that Ivanka Trump's Hettie Shoe was a cheap rip-off of its "coveted" Wild Things stiletto.

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