Ikon embroiled in lawsuit with client which claims media agency engaged in ‘misleading and dishonest conduct’

Ikon Communications is embroiled in a legal dispute with its client Advangen, with the agency claiming it is owed $939,000 and the life sciences company saying it intends to counter-sue, claiming Ikon “engaged in misleading and dishonest conduct”.

Ikon logoIn a stock market announcement by Advangen’s parent company, Cellmid, on Friday the company says that while the WPP AUNZ owned full-service agency is claiming it is owed the cash for services rendered, the company disputes it received adequate, or in some cases any, services from Ikon.

Cellmid goes on to say that “it is Advangen’s position that Ikon has breached the services agreement, failed to provide certain services at all or adequately, and engaged in misleading and dishonest conduct that has caused Advangen loss and damage.”

Ikon trumpeted winning Cellmid’s Evolis hair loss brand as its first full service client last August, after the media agency absorbed sister agency, Moon Communications, to add creative services to its offering.

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In the ASX statement, Cellmid said it had attempted to reach a negotiated settlement with Ikon, but had been unsuccessful.

Ikon has not responded to requests for comment at the time of publishing but Advangen has noted it will “vigorously defend its position and cross-claim for payments already made”. The company added that mediation between the two parties had not been successful.

Advangen says it plans to provide further information to investors on Wednesday during an analyst call.


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