Citizens of New York, rejoice.
Reuters reports that a judge has invalidated the New York City ban on large sugary drinks. The ban was scheduled to take effect tomorrow and would restrict the size of cups to hold no more than 16 ounces. The ban would affect all drinks sold in restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums, and arenas, but not those sold in convenience and grocery stores.
Manhattan Justice Milton Tingling of the State Supreme Court declared the new regulation "arbitrary and capricious." In his decision, he went onto write, "it [the ban] excludes other beverages that have significantly higher concentrations of sugar sweeteners and/or calories on suspect grounds."
The ruling comes after the American Beverage Association and other groups sued the city following the announcement of the ban. The NAACP and Hispanic Federation also joined in the lawsuit against Bloomberg.
Judge Tingling issued a permanent injunction which will prevent the city from implementing the plan. The plan was approved by the city’s Board of Health back in September. The New York City government — and Bloomberg — have already announced its plan to appeal the decision as soon as possible.
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