Ivanka Trump ordered to testify in dispute with shoe company
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 22:13
Presidential daughter Ivanka Trump will have to sit for a deposition in a lawsuit claiming her company copied the design of a shoe called "Wild Thing" from a competitor, a federal judge in Manhattan ruled late Friday.
The shoes produced by Aquazzura cost more than $780, while Ivanka's shoes are being sold for a much lower price - $150.
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".
"Seeking the same success Aquazzura experienced but without having to put in the hard creative work, defendants resorted to knocking off Plaintiff's popular designs", the suit alleges.
Forrest says the deposition is appropriate because Trump says she is active in her company's decision making.
The lawsuit against Ivanka Trump included photos of the two shoes at issue in the case.
It said the Wild Thing is one of its best-selling shoes and is not the first to be copied by Trump's company. The judge also said the testimony can be given in Washington, DC if Trump wishes.
In a declaration filed with the court last week, Trump described herself as the former president of the company, saying she is now an assistant to the president of the United States and maintains an office in the White House. She claimed that the company's licensee, Marc Fisher, was responsible for those areas.
The first daughter's attorneys previously argued that Trump, who serves as a senior, unpaid aide in her father's administration, should not be made to testify at all because she wasn't involved in the design process, the New York Daily News reported.