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War of words: ITC, Nestle redraw the battle lines after HC ruling

The Madras High Court rejects a petition by ITC and lets Maggi use the word magical in its branding. Will the ruling lead to a fresh war of words?

Sunfeast Yippee! and Maggi dominate the instant noodles market in the country and are among the biggest advertisers in the category
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Sunfeast Yippee! and Maggi dominate the instant noodles market in the country and are among the biggest advertisers in the category

T E Narasimhan Chennai
Old rivals ITC and Nestle are stepping into a new phase in their fight for the lucrative instant noodles market in the country as the Madras High Court puts the clamps on a seven-year war of words between the two. 

ITC claimed that Nestle had wrongly appropriated the term magic masala from Sunfeast Yippee! Magic Masala for Maggi Magical Masala with an aim to confuse the consumer. 

Not so, said the court, giving both brands equal rights over what it calls common terms in the culinary trade. But, experts say, the end of a protracted legal battle may well open

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First Published: Jun 24 2020 | 10:08 PM IST

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