A federal judge has ruled that Ivanka Trump must give a deposition in a lawsuit by an Italian shoemaker claiming Trump and her fashion company has produced cheaper knockoffs of Aquazurra’s “coveted” and highly publicized shoe designs.
At the heart of the lawsuit is Aquazurra’s “Wild Things” shoe. The Italian company says the Ivanka Trump brand’s “Hettie” shoe is a knockoff of Aquazurra’s “Wild Things” shoe.
Ivanka has staunchly denied those allegations, saying the Aquazurra design lacks the “distinctiveness” it would need to be protected by intellectual property laws. Her lawyers said the lawsuit is a “publicity stunt.”
The lawyers also argued that Trump should be exempt because of her “special circumstances.” Forcing Ivanka Trump to be deposed “would be an unnecessary distraction and would interfere with her ability to perform her duties at the White House.”
But the judge overseeing the case, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, denied that request in a ruling Friday, saying that Ivanka Trump’s deposition is necessary because she was a company executive during the time the shoes were made and had “high-level, authoritative, personal involvement” in the company.
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