FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2012 photo, Luke Husemann, and Christina Nunez, of Baltimore, sip on extra-large soft drinks at a McDonald's restaurant in New York. The city defended its groundbreaking size limit on sugary drinks Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, as an imperfect but meaningful rein on obesity, while critics said it would hurt small and minority-owned businesses while doing little to help health. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
NEW YORK (AP) - Opponents of New York City's plan to crack down on supersized, sugary drinks have asked a judge to keep it from taking effect next month.
Groups representing the beverage industry, restaurateurs and other business interests filed the request Friday in a Manhattan court. They want to hold off enforcement of the measure until there's a ruling on their lawsuit seeking to block it altogether.
City lawyers have said they plan to oppose the bid to delay enforcement.
The rule is to become effective March 12. It bars many eateries from selling high-sugar drinks in cups or containers bigger than 16 ounces.
The critics say it's not right to make businesses incur the expenses of complying before it's clear whether the measure itself will withstand court scrutiny.
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