26 June, 2017
Ivanka Trump must testify in a trademark infringement dispute involving one of the shoe designs of her namesake brand, a judge ruled on Friday.
In such a situation, "a deposition is appropriate", the judge said.
Ivanka's lawyers had asked the court to exempt the First Daughter from facing a deposition. The proceedings are to be held by the end of October and can take place in Washington, D.C., where Trump relocated at the beginning of the year from New York City, where her business has its headquarters.
The luxury Italian shoe company charged at the time that a red hot, high-heeled "Hettie" sandal manufactured by Trump's company was a knockoff of their $785 "Wild Thing" model.
Trump, whose White House title is "Assistant to the President of the United States", is too important and busy to testify, her lawyer, Darren Saunders, argued in a June 16 letter to the judge.
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.
"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", she said.
Ivanka Trump who employs a number of factories in China for making shoes for her line has already been involved in a scandal related to her business.
Forrest ruled that Trump's deposition must be kept to under two hours and done in Washington, D.C., where she now resides.
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.
Trump stepped down from her corporate position at the company just before her father became president, so maintains that she shouldn't be deposed because she "does not possess any unique information" about her company's shoe designs.
Ivanka Trump's company declined to comment.
Forrest wrote that Ivanka's deposition is necessary because she was a company executive during the time the shoes were made and had "high-level, authoritative, personal involvement" in the company.