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Ivanka Trump ordered to testify in lawsuit over shoe design

24 June 2017

Ivanka Trump must testify in a trademark infringement dispute involving one of the shoe designs of her namesake brand, a judge ruled on Friday.

Trump had opposed a deposition in the lawsuit by Aquazzura Italia SRL - which said its shoe design was used for a Trump model called "Hettie" - on the grounds that she had nothing to do with the actual design of shoes marketed through a partnership.

The judge says the deposition is appropriate because Trump says she's active in her company's decision making.

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The company sued President Donald Trump's daughter a year ago, saying her "Hettie" shoe was a knockoff of Aquazzura's "Wild Thing Shoe". "Its lawsuit seeks unspecified damages".

Forrest said the deposition may take place in Washington, will not exceed two hours, and that Trump can do it anytime before October. The Italian company wants to Ivanka trump interviewed on the case.

"Testimony of Mrs. trump would be an unnecessary distraction and would interfere with the performance of her duties in the White house", said lawyer Darren Sanders.

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She said that as the former president of IT Collection LLC, she had "no involvement in the conception, design, production, design, or sale of the Hettie Shoe".

"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", Trump said.

Not unlike her father, Ivanka's public statements undermined her lawyer's defense. Adding, "While that declaration does assert a lack of personal knowledge of the design at issue, plaintiff asserts otherwise".

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Instead, Trump's lawyers suggested that Abigail Klem, IT Collection's president, answer the questions. It says almost every detail of its shoe was copied.

Ivanka Trump ordered to testify in lawsuit over shoe design