Judge Strikes Down NYC Sugary Drinks Size Rule

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

AFTERNOON UPDATE:

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city will appeal a judge's ruling that struck down a pioneering ban on big sugary drinks just hours before it was supposed to take effect.

Bloomberg says the judge's decision is "clearly in error."

Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling wrote that loopholes in the law "effectively defeat the stated purpose" of the rule.

The rule prohibits the sale of soda and other sugary beverages in containers bigger than 16 ounces. It applies at restaurants, sports stadiums, delis and movie theatres, but not at supermarkets or many convenience stores.

The restriction was supposed to start Tuesday.

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's groundbreaking limit on the size of sugar-laden drinks has been struck down by a judge shortly before it was set to take effect.

The restriction was supposed to start Tuesday.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling writes that loopholes "effectively defeat the stated purpose" of the rule.

The rule prohibits selling non-diet soda and some other sugary beverages in containers bigger than 16 ounces. It applies at places ranging from pizzerias to sports stadiums, though not at supermarkets or convenience stores.

City officials say the limit will curb obesity by making it easy for people to stop at 16 ounces of high-calorie drinks.

The beverage industry and other opponents say it's a nannyish measure that will hurt businesses.


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