polo black boots Ivanka Trump must answer questions in shoe design lawsuit
NEW YORK 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 and highly publicized shoe designs.
Ivanka Trump lawyers have staunchly denied those allegations,
according to court documents. They say the Aquazurra design lacks the it would need to be protected by intellectual property laws. Her lawyers have also said the lawsuit is a publicity stunt.
Ivanka Trump stepped down from her role at her namesake company shortly before her father was inaugurated in January.
She currently serves in an unpaid White House role as an adviser to President Trump.
Earlier this month, Ivanka Trump lawyers argued that she should not be deposed because she not possess any unique information about the design process for the shoes in question.
Ivanka Trump company declined to comment. Her lawyers did not immediately respond to CNNMoney request for comment.