Keith Nuthall
THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice has ducked making a potentially controversial ruling on the legality under EU freedom of trade rules of the Swedish laws banning alcohol advertising.

Judges had heard a case referred by the Stockholm district court, which had been brought by Sweden's consumer ombudsman against a food and drink magazine Gourmet, which had carried ads for red wine and whisky.

Its management had claimed that Swedish law should not apply, as 90 per cent of its readers are traders, manufacturers and retailers, and as a ...

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