TAYLOR SWIFT has been ordered to testify in the ongoing dispute between the singer and the founder of fashion label Lucky 13, the latter of whom claims Swift copied its trademark onto a collection of cotton T-shirts that were then sold by the star.
Swift's lawyers had previously said that there was no way the star would attend a hearing, arguing that she was being harassed by Lucky 13 as any appearance would impact her 1989 tour that is currently taking her all over the world. But, following a Californian judge's ruling on Wednesday, she now has no choice, reports Page Six, and has until next week to confirm a convenient time.
"Swift's schedule is not a basis for a protective order prohibiting her deposition testimony altogether," the judge wrote. "There is no evidence in the record to show that plaintiffs have been inconsiderate of Swift's schedule. To the contrary, the record shows just the opposite. Nor does the evidence suggest that plaintiffs have sandbagged Swift's deposition to coincide with her world tour."
It is the latest twist in the tale that saw Lucky 13's lawyers request that Swift "hand over all photographs and videos of you in which your breasts are at least partially visible as well as documents reflecting, evidencing or revealing who took each such photograph and video and where and when," according to her legal team. The fashion company claim that they have requested such imagery to prove that Swift is targeting the same consumer.
"One of their positions is that the demographics are very different and that the edgy-looking image and the models we use for the Lucky 13 brand are not congruent with Miss Swift's image," Gary Rinkerman, Lucky 13's lawyer, told The Daily Mail. "Unfortunately we're being forced to counter that by showing that in her public appearances she is transitioning towards a more adult, alternative demographic."
Swift's team have, unsurprisingly, refuted all copyright infringement claims, with a spokesperson stating: "Lucky 13 does not have any evidence that Taylor was involved in the design of this T-shirt that was a limited-run only for St Patrick's Day or the sweepstakes that was a one-time event."