Fashion boutique sues Ivanka brand over “unfair competition”

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A longtime San Francisco fashion boutique is suing Ivanka Trump’s company for what it claims is unfair competition.

On Mar. 16, Modern Appealing Clothing, which has stores throughout San Francisco, filed a class-action lawsuit in the San Francisco County Superior Court seeking unspecified damages for its women’s clothing retailers operating in California since January.

In addition, the lawsuit asks for an order which would prevent Ivanka Trump Marks LLC products from being sold in California, asserting that Ivanka’s brand has achieved an unfair boost in the marketplace “from Donald J. Trump being the President of the United States and from Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared, working for the President of the United States.”

The suit also claims that counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway gave Ivanka advantage in the market when she encouraged people to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff” in a Fox News interview. It also states the following tweet from the president on 2/28/17 is to blame: “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Modern Appealing Clothing is “San Francisco’s fashion wonderland” and “beloved not just in San Francisco, but worldwide.”

However, Courthouse News reports Ivanka Trump’s brand sales have skyrocketed 346 percent between January and February, despite being dropped by numerous retailers, including Nordstrom.

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