From CBS NEWS:
NEW YORK — A judge has ordered Ivanka Trump to testify in a dispute with an Italian shoemaker over one of her company’s shoe designs.
U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest rejected a request by the senior White House aide’s lawyers that she be blocked from submitting to a deposition in the trademark infringement lawsuit brought by Aquazzura Italia SRL against her and her company IT Collection LLC.
In ruling, the judge said, “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.”
“In such a situation,” she said, “a deposition is appropriate.”
In a declaration filed with the court last week, Trump described herself as the former president of the company, saying she is now an assistant to the president of the United States and maintains an office in the White House.
“I had no involvement in the conception, design, production or sale of the ‘Hettie Shoe,'” she 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,” Trump said.
In requesting Trump’s testimony, Aquazzura’s lawyers cited public statements by Trump, including one in which she was quoted saying: “There’s not a shoe I’m not intimately involved in designing.”
So, she took full credit for that ugly-ass shoe’s design until she was getting sued, and then she had nothing to do with it? Like father, like daughter-wife.