Ivanka Trump ordered to testify in dispute with shoe company

Posted June 25, 2017

Ivanka Trump will have to take a little break from hissing into her senile father's ear to testify in a trademark dispute over the design of one of her company's shoes.

Ivanka Trump must give a deposition in a lawsuit by an Italian shoemaker claiming her fashion label copied its designs, a federal judge has ruled.

The Aquazzara company is seeking unspecified damages.

Ivanka Trump who employs a number of factories in China for making shoes for her line has already been involved in a scandal related to her business.

"The public statements of Mrs. trump about the active and comprehensive management of brand, lead to the reasonable conclusion that the shoes could not be released without her approval".

The order has echoes of recent appeals court decisions regarding President Trump's travel ban in which judges cited the commander-in-chief's tweets.

The judge said the first daughter must submit questions in a deposition that should occur prior to October.

Forrest ruled that Trump's deposition must be kept to under two hours and done in Washington, D.C., where she now resides.

The shoes produced by Aquazzura cost more than $780, while Ivanka's shoes are being sold for a much lower price - $150.

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

She now serves in an unpaid White House role as an adviser to President Trump.

"I had no involvement in the conception, design, production or sale of the 'Hettie Shoe, '" she said, adding that those responsibilities belonged to the company's licensee, Marc Fisher, which was also sued.

"In such a situation", she said, "a deposition is appropriate". "That is the stuff of which factual disputes in litigation are made".