Ivanka Trump's clothing line has been booming since her father took office, and because of it, competing clothing companies are not happy.
According to reports from Mother Jones, San Francisco-based fashion boutique, Modern Appealing Clothing (MAC) just filed a class action lawsuit against Ivanka's company, stating that her father being in office creates an unfair advantage:
MAC claims the lawsuit is on behalf of all women’s clothing brands in California, stating the 35-year-old has used Trump's presidential platform to promote her own business.
The lawsuit says it is solely because of her father's position that her profits have “surged several hundred percent” since Donald Trump took office:
“President Donald J Trump and his individual and White House employees and agents have, since the elections promoted defendant Ivanka Trump brand by exploiting the power and prestige of the White House."
According to reports at Courthouse News Service, Ivanka's clothing company's sales have shot up 346 percent since Trump took office.
The New York Times reports that when President Trump took office, Ivanka stepped down and no long runs the day to day operations of the company and has since transferred the role to executive Abigal Klem.
However, the company has had some of its best performing weeks in history.
The lawsuit argues that President Trump and his staff have unfairly promoted Ivanka Trump LLC, which has attracted thousands of new customers in recent months.
The lawsuit also accuses Mrs. Trump of “piggy-backing promotion" for selling her products at government funded events:
MAC is hoping the lawsuit will prevent Mrs. Trump from selling her products in the state of California, as well as seeking unspecified damages.
R. Michael Lieberman, MAC's attorney, explained to Courthouse News Service why his clients are filing the suit:
“My clients just want an even playing field."
This lawsuit is not the first bit of tribulation the first daughter's company has faced.
Within the last year, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and other retailers dropped the line from their stores.
That said, it doesn't seem to be affecting the company too much considering their recent growth.
This lawsuit is also not the only complaint created by competing businesses within the Trump world.
A local wine bar in Washington, D.C., just filed a lawsuit against the new nearby Trump International Hotel over unfair competitive advantage:
Its accusations are similar to MAC's lawsuit, where one plaintiff said in a statement:
“We feel the president of the United States owning restaurants, promoting restaurants, is unfair and to the detriment of other restaurants.”
Ivanka, who still maintains control of the brand, has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
Independent Journal Review reached out to MAC for comment, and will update this story if a response is received.