Lawsuit Claims Ivanka Trump Stole Shoe Designs From Rival Fashion House

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Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, has responded to a lawsuit from a rival fashion house alleging she infringed on their trademark by stealing their shoe designs.

Aquazzura Italia SRL, the Italian boutique founded by Edgardo Osorio, brought a claim against Trump the Younger in June, claiming that three women’s shoes furnished by Ivanka’s line are exactly identical to their own products. The company claims its Belgravia, Forever Marilyn, Wild Thing shoes, rebranded under the names Necila, Teagin Pointy Toe Pump with Tassel, and Hettie stilleto respectively.

Aquazzura hopes to recover damages for trademark infringements and unfair trade practices. Marc Fisher, who licenses the line, is also named as a defendant in the suit. He filed his own response to the complaint. (RELATED: Melania Sues Newspaper After It Claims She Was A Call Girl)

Trump’s answer to the lawsuit was filed Monday, tersely denying the battery of allegations brought against her and her line, and calling on the district court to dismiss the case.

Ivanka’s licensing company released the following statement after the lawsuit was filed:

‘This is a baseless lawsuit aimed at generating publicity. The shoe in question is representative of a trending fashion style, is not subject to intellectual property law protection and there are similar styles made by several major brands.’

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