Court says Ivanka Trump must testify in knock-off shoes suit
Jun 26 2017
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.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said that Trump must spend two hours answering questions about the shoe in question.
Trump's lawyers had filed a motion to prevent her from testifying, according to court documents reviewed by Fortune, but the district judge, Katherine B. Forrest of the Southern District of NY, denied the motion.
In a statement filed to the court aimed to avoid submitting a deposition in the case, Trump said she played no part in designing the shoe.
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.
Earlier this month, Ivanka Trump's lawyers argued that she should not be deposed because she "does not possess any unique information" about the design process for the shoes in question.
"My involvement was strictly limited to the final sign-off of each season's line after it was first reviewed and approved by the company's design team", she continued.
"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", Aquazzura's lawyers said. Adding, "While that declaration does assert a lack of personal knowledge of the design at issue, plaintiff asserts otherwise".
Filing the lawsuit in 2016, Aquazurra claimed that Ivanka Trump's Hettie Shoe was a cheap rip-off of its "coveted" Wild Things stiletto.