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Fri Oct 12, 2012, 09:51 PM

Soda Industry Sues to Stop Bloomberg’s Sales Limits (in NYC) [View all]

Source: NY Times

New York’s battle over big sodas is heading to the courtroom.

The American soft-drink industry, joined by several New York restaurant and business groups, filed a lawsuit on Friday that aims to overturn restrictions, proposed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and approved by the Board of Health, on sales of large sugary drinks at many dining locations in the city.

The suit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, contends that the Board of Health did not have the authority to ratify the new rules unilaterally. The rules — approved last month and scheduled to take effect in March — limit the size of sugary drinks to 16 ounces or less at restaurants, street carts, and entertainment and sports venues.

Legal action was widely anticipated from the soft-drink industry, which led an aggressive campaign this summer portraying Mr. Bloomberg’s plan as an affront to consumer freedom and has frequently opposed local regulations of its products.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/13/nyregion/soda-industry-sues-to-stop-bloombergs-sales-limits.html



My personal position is against this law, but I see this lawsuit as a dumb-and-dumber competition.

Thom Hartmann recently did a debate with a conservative about this law:

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