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'Ivanka Trump must answer questions in shoe design lawsuit'

'Ivanka Trump must answer questions in shoe design lawsuit'”

A Manhattan judge has ordered Ivanka Trump to give a deposition in a lawsuit by an Italian designer accusing her of trademark infringement and ripping off a shoe design.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, however, rejected that request, and it looks as though Ivanka will have to testify under oath about her shoe-line management later this summer.

Likewise, Ivanka also defended herself saying that she had no involvement in the conception of the shoe designs.

Aquazzura Italia SRL "sued President Donald Trump's daughter a year ago, saying her Hettie shoe was a "virtually identical" knockoff of its popular Wild Thing Shoe, including almost the same color, shape and tassel on the heel", the AP noted.

Trump said her involvement had been strictly limited to signing off each season's line and that she wasn't aware of Aquazarra's "Wild Thing" sandal at the time that she approved the "Hettie Shoe" as part of her season's line.

Ivanka Trump's footwear company is accused of ripping off designs from rival Aquazzura Italia SRL.

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"In such a situation", she added, "a deposition is appropriate".

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This isn't the first time Ivanka and her company was criticized.

Aquazzura, in its lawsuit, said its shoe designs had "skyrocketed to fame in the fashion world" since the company was formed in 2011, with its footwear "coveted by fashionistas and celebrities alike".

Forrest said the deposition may take place in Washington, will not exceed two hours, and that Trump can do it anytime before October.

Ms Trump's lawyers have claimed in court documents that Aquazurra designs are not distinctive enough to prove that their client copied the Italian shoe company's style. The judge also said the testimony can be given in Washington, DC if Trump wishes.

Aquazzura's "Wild Thing" shoe was an immediate success, becoming the signature stiletto of stars including actress Jamie Chung, singer Solange Knowles - Beyonce's sister - and model Kendall Jenner, selling in the United States for US$785 (RM3,3770).

Trump's statement contradicts earlier claims that she plays a pivotal role in her company's designs.

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