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The Queen v. Secretary of State for Health, ex parte British American Tobacco (Investments) Ltd., et al.

The High Court of Justice of England and Wales, Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court) referred questions concerning the validity and reach of Directive 2001/37/EC of the European Parliament to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Directive 2001/37/EC standardized member-state regulations pertaining to the manufacture and labeling of tobacco products in an effort to promote the internal efficacy of the market and a high level of public health. The Court held, among other things, that the Directive was properly enacted within the authority vested in the European Parliament by Article 95 EC and that the Directive did not violate the proportionality principle, property rights, the obligation to give reasons, or the subsidiarity principle.