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ASCI dismisses complaint made against Lux Cozi ad by Amul Macho

The Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) observed that the advertisements barely had any similaritiesThe Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) observed that the advertisements barely had any similarities

Lux Industries Limited has won the legal battle against Amul Macho regarding their latest TVC starring Varun Dhawan. In a significant ruling, The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) in its judgement dated September 24 has overruled the complaint filed by the rival brand and observed that “there is no similarity in terms of concept and executional elements” and declared Lux Cozi as victorious in the case over the TVC.

Amul Macho had complained that Lux Cozi had blatantly copied their popular Toing Ad that was released in 2007 concept and executional elements. However, after thoroughly examining, the apex body observed that there is no resemblance in the advertisements and gave its verdict in favour of Lux Cozi.

The complaint was made on grounds that Lux Cozi’s advertisement bears similarities to the Amul Macho’s advertisement in general layout, copy, slogans, visual presentations, music and sound effects. The Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) observed that the advertisements barely had any similarities between them in terms of concept and executional elements. The CCC concluded that Lux Cozi’s advertisement is not at all similar to Amul Macho’s earlier run advertisement in general layout, copy, slogans, visual presentations, music or sound effects, so as to suggest plagiarism. The TVC was not in contravention of Chapter IV of the ASCI Code.

“Our Lux Cozi advertisement is unique on individual points as well as in totality, and any semblance is fleeting and only in respect of elements commonly used in the trade, such as shape and colour of the garment. Through this verdict passed by ASCI, it is now an established fact that the advertisement bears no similarity whatsoever. The Complainant’s advertisement was last aired in 2007, and thereafter, banned. No reputation, goodwill or brand equity can be vested in publicity/marketing material that has been banned to the public since the last 14 years. We respect the verdict by ASCI. Lux Cozi has a distinctive pedigree of innovation be it in product launches or brand building initiatives. The verdict reinforces the fact that brand Lux Cozi is built on a foundation of truth and trust,” Saket Todi, executive director at Lux industries, said.

“We welcome the verdict passed by ASCI. As an established leading brand in the Hosiery segment, pioneering many firsts for the industry we must despise the false allegations by our competitor. This advertisement is something of a first, and the verdict does add some necessary clarity and sends out the right message about a responsible brand like Lux Cozi. We are already witnessing a growth trajectory in our sales and are very confident about our product’s success. We also find it surprising that our competitor does not have the attitude of fair play by acknowledging our success. They had filed the complaint after our new TVC with our brand ambassador Varun Dhawan was a huge hit amongst the netizens,” Udit Todi, executive director, Lux Industries, added.

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