| Business

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

NY City cannot ban sales of large sodas -judge

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

On the Grid

From the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest news and views on gas, coal, electricity and more, check out On the Grid today.

Sunday, April 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A judge on Monday invalidated New York City's plan to ban large sugary drinks from restaurants, movie theaters and other establishments, one day before the new law was to take effect.

State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling in Manhattan ruled the new regulation was “arbitrary and capricious” and declared it invalid, after the American Beverage Association and other business groups had sued the city challenging the ban.

The decision was a blow to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had touted the ban as a way to address what he has termed an obesity “epidemic.” But beverage manufacturers and business groups had called the law an illegal overreach that would infringe upon consumers' personal liberty.

A spokesman for Bloomberg's office was not immediately available for comment.

The ban had prohibited the city's food-service businesses from selling sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces, though city officials had said they would not begin imposing $200 fines on offending businesses until June.

Bloomberg has made improving the health of New Yorkers part of his legacy. The soda ban had followed similar crackdowns on fat, sugar and salt and a smoking ban that has been replicated around the world.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Business Headlines

  1. University of Pittsburgh researchers revisit war of electric currents
  2. Pennsylvania Game Commission reaps revenue from shale gas under game lands
  3. As historic breakup nears, Alcoa works to redefine its ‘advantage’
  4. Energy Spotlight: Minking Chyu
  5. Older workers try to cut back on hours at job
  6. Yahoo investors losing patience with ‘star’ CEO Marissa Mayer
  7. Stop neighbors from stealing your Internet
  8. Asian bug threatens oranges in Florida
  9. Small stores take big gamble by not upgrading credit card readers
  10. Program lets public service workers be forgiven for student debt
  11. Nimble Regal ready for winter with all-wheel drive