Ivanka Trump ordered to testify in dispute with shoe company

Violet Powell
June 26, 2017

Aquazzura requested to question Trump before a trial, but her legal team asked the judge to rule that she doesn't have to testify.

The daughter of the President of the United States Donald trump Ivanka trump is expected to testify about the possibility of copying its Shoe design company shoes the company-competitor.

Judge Katherine Forrest disagreed, writing on Friday that Trump's own public statements regarding "active and comprehensive brand management lead to a reasonable inference that the shoe at issue would not have been released without her approval".

Trump's lawyers had filed a motion to prevent her from testifying, according to court documents reviewed by Fortune, but the district judge, Katherine B. Forrest of the Southern District of NY, denied the motion.

"Accordingly, she can not avoid a deposition in this matter". Trump has the option to complete the deposition in Washington.

Aquazzura Italia, an Italian shoe company, sued Ivanka Trump's brand and their footwear licensing partner Marc Fisher in June 2016.

Her manufacturer has flatly rejected the charge.

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Ms Trump's fashion company has also recently filed several trademark applications in China, adding fuel to the fire that is the debate over the Trump family possibly using their political position for business gain.

U.S. district Judge Katherine Forrest rejected a request by the senior White House aide's lawyers that she be blocked from submitting to a deposition in the trademark infringement lawsuit brought by Aquazzura Italia against her and her company IT Collection.

Aquazzura is seeking unspecified damages. It is set to take place in October on a "mutually acceptable schedule". "A deposition is appropriate".

Forrest ruled that Trump's deposition must be kept to under two hours and done in Washington, D.C., where she now resides. "That is the stuff of which factual disputes in litigation are made".

It said the Wild Thing was one of its best-selling shoes and was not the first to be copied by Ms Trump's company.

"There's not a shoe I'm not intimately involved in designing", Trump said previously, according to Aquazzura's court filing.

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