Legal News of the Day: Judge Blocks NYC Soda Ban

sodaOn Monday, the New York City attempt to ban large sugary beverages at restaurants was thwarted, as a New York State Supreme Court judge blocked the ban.  The ban, which would have fined those restaurants serving those sugary beverages in cups larger than 16 ounces, was aimed at addressing the obesity and health problems brought on by consuming such drinks.  The judge’s ruling was based on the “arbitrary and capricious” nature in which the regulation was to be carried out; the ban didn’t apply to all establishments in the city or to all high-calorie sweetened drinks.  Mayor Bloomberg has already vowed to appeal the decision.  For more on the New York City soda ban, see this Washington Post article.