THE EUROPEAN Union has won the first - usually decisive - battle at the European Court of Justice over a case brought by Britain's Imperial Tobacco and British American Tobacco, asking its judges to annul Directive 2001/37/EC on the composition and designation of cigarettes.

In contrast to the successful battle over the advertising directive, ECJ advocate general Leendert Geelhoed has formally advised the full court to rule that the composition directive has a proper legal base under EU treaties. It particular, he has claimed that the ...

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