The judge said New York's soda ban, which was set to take effect Tuesday, required city council approval and was arbitrary because some retailers, such as drugstores, were not affected by the ban.
Restaurants and lovers of sugary drinks have gotten a last-minute reprieve from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial “soda ban,” with a judge throwing out the measure one day before it was set to go into effect.
The ban, which was advanced by the city's Board of Health, would have restricted the portion sizes of sugary drinks like sodas, sports drinks, and sweetened coffees to 16 ounces. City food establishments including dine-in and fast-food restaurants, mobile food carts, and delis would have been slapped with a $200 fine for serving sugary drinks in containers larger than that size beginning in June.
The American Beverage Association filed the lawsuit challenging the rule, calling it an illegal overreach that encroached on consumers’ personal liberty.
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