Ivanka Trump is allegedly a thief.
Apparently stealing is a Trump family trait. First her stepmom plagiarized the speeches of the former First Lady and former second wife of her daddy. Next her daddy plagiarized a common phrase which has been used since the 1800s and claims he invented it.
And now, Ivanka is headed to court as the defendant in a trademark infringement lawsuit, accused of copying the expensive shoe designs of Aquazzura Italia SRL and making cheap copies for her company IT Collection LLC to sell.
Not once. Not twice. Several times..
Of course, the Trumpette thought her job as daddy’s special White House advisor would keep her out of court.
Um, no, but nice try, Ivanka. U.S District Judge Katherine Forrest rejected the request of Ivanka’s lawyers, who asked that the copycat queen be blocked from submitting to a deposition in the trademark infringement lawsuit brought by Aquazzura against her and her company.
“I had no involvement in the conception, design, production or sale of the ‘Hettie Shoe,'” Ivanka said, adding that those responsibilities belonged to the company’s licensee, Marc Fisher, which was also sued. “My involvement was strictly limited to the final sign-off of each season’s line after it was first reviewed and approved by the company’s design team.”
Lying also runs in the family. Like her daddy, Ivanka’s own public statements undermined her lawyer’s defense. You see, Aquazzura’s lawyers cited public statements, one in which she was quoted saying: “There’s not a shoe I’m not intimately involved in designing.”
Judge Forrest ruled that Ivanka must submit to questions posed during a deposition, stating that “Ms. Trump’s 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.” The judge added, “While that declaration does assert a lack of personal knowledge of the design at issue, plaintiff asserts otherwise. That is the stuff of which factual disputes in litigation are made.”
As reported, Aquazurra sued Ivanka last year, saying her $130 Hettie shoe was a “virtually identical” knockoff of its popular Wild Thing Shoe, including nearly the same color, shape and tassel on the heel, which is priced at $785.
Aquazurra’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
Ivanka’s lawyers haven’t responded to messages seeking comment.
Maybe her daddy will tweet about it.
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