A new lawsuit opened in the shoe making industry. An Italian company sued Ivanka Trump brand for copycatting its designer ideas. As a consequence, Donald Trump’s daughter was called to testify in this case. The judge rejected Ivanka’s refusal to show up under the excuse that her high-tier governmental tasks are too demanding to make time for a deposition.
Ivanka Trump Has Until October to Testify in a Copycatting Case
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest called for Ivanka Trump to testify regarding the brand that bears her own name. The daughter of the President will have to sit for two hours in Washington and answer questions about one of the shoe designs the company is selling. Ivanka Trump has until the month of October to honor this call.
The judge used some public statements delivered by Mrs. Trump herself that mentioned her responsibilities as a leader within this organization. These were enough evidence to call her for a deposition.
The plaintiff, in this case, is Aquazzura Italia SRL. The company filed suit against Ivanka Trump, IT Collection LLC, and producer Marc Fisher Holdings. The allegations concern some original “Wild Thing” shoe design that was replicated in the “Hettie” model under Ivanka Trump’s brand.
According to documents regarding the suit, Ivanka Trump claimed that she had no involvement in any intent of copycatting designer ideas. She stated that her sole task was to approve the final concept for each line. The main responsibilities fell on company’s design team that was in charge with reviewing and the products.
The Hettie Pair Appears to Have Borrowed Designer Ideas from Aquazzura Brand
On the other hand, Aquazzura’s lawyers employed a 2012 interview with Ivanka Trump as evidence that her role in the company was not just a passive one. She stated that time that her job dictated her to be aware of any detail for each shoe design.
The controversial Hettie pair of shoes appears to be a more affordable copycat of Aquazzura’s product. While the original concept has a price tag of $785, the Ivanka Trump brand offers a similar concept for just $130.
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