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trump-aquazzuraThe Trump’s family lawyer is quite busy these days. While father Donald has been involved in at least 3,500 court actions, daughter Ivanka Trump is being sued for copying shoe designs.
Italian luxury footwear maker Aquazzura is accusing Ivanka of copying the company’s copyright design to a popular sandal.
It all centers around Aquazzura’s “Wild Thing” design, a sandal with fringe covering the toes and suede tassel fringe atop quite a high heel. Many celebrities have been seen wearing the sandal.
“Seeking the same success Aquazzura experienced, but without having to put in the hard creative work, defendants resorted to knocking off plaintiff’s popular designs”, the complaint states.
The Wild Thing sandals are being sold at a retail price of $785,-, while Trump’s sandal have a listed sale price of $145,-.
Trumps lawyers are not worried: “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. The lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend ourselves against the claim.”
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