Friday, June 24, 2016
Ivanka Trump in court injunction
Italian luxury footwear maker Aquazzura is accusing Ivanka Trump’s namesake clothing line of copying the company's copyright design to a popular sandal, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. Along with naming Trump, the lawsuit names three companies working with her, including manufacturer Marc Fisher.
The dispute focuses on Aquazzura's "Wild Thing," a sandal with fringe covering the toes and suede tassel fringe atop a 4” high heel. Trump's footwear, a sandal dubbed the Hettie, looks exactly the same and under-sells the Aquazzura footwear. The Italian company seeks a court injunction barring Trump from selling the purported knockoff. Aquazzura also seeks an accounting of Trump's profits from the shoe, plus damages and attorney fees. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest. The lawsuit highlights a grey area in the fashion industry, which has been lobbying for protection under the Copyright Act. Currently, fashion designs cannot be protected because they are considered functional items by the law. Hence people cannot own exclusive rights to manufacture such items but some design elements can be protected by the law, such as sculptural elements on a shoe or graphic designs.
Ivanka may take consolation her father, Donald Trump has been involved in at least 3,500 court actions.