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.
Aquazurra Italia filed the suit against Ivanka Trump and her company in June 2016. It claims the brand has produced cheaper knockoffs of Aquazurra’s “coveted” and highly publicized shoe designs.
Ivanka Trump’s lawyers have staunchly denied those allegations, according to court documents. They say the Aquazurra design lacks the “distinctiveness” it would need to be protected by intellectual property laws. Her lawyers have also said the lawsuit is a publicity stunt.
The lawyers also said that Trump should be exempt because a deposition “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. Read more at CNN.