Ivanka Trump and her clothing/accessory line have been hit with a class-action lawsuit that claims she is illegally benefiting from the fact that her father is the President of the United States.
According to NBC News, San Francisco company Modern Appealing Clothing, or MAC, brought the suit. They claim that Ivanka has an “unfair advantage” from the fact that her husband, Jared Kushner, works for the president. MAC also claims that the President himself, as well as Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer have illegally made plugs that have given Ivanka Trump Marks LLC a boost over her competitors.
The official court documents spell out that “that advantage is specifically prohibited by the Constitution and laws of the United States and the laws of the State of California.” Essentially, they charge that the Trumps have exploited the office of the President of the United States for personal gain.
NBC News reports that MAC seeks a restraining order to prevent any future sales of Ivanka clothing and/or accessories from being sold in the State of California.
Things are likely to heat up even more, now that it is clear the President intends to give Ivanka a more significant and weighty role withing the White House, although it remains unclear exactly that that could be. According to Politico, “The powerful first daughter has secured her own office on the West Wing’s second floor — a space next to senior adviser Dina Powell, who was recently promoted to a position on the National Security Council. She is also in the process of obtaining a security clearance and is set to receive government-issued communications devices this week.”
NBC reached out to Ivanka through a company representative, but they declined to comment.