NYC Soda Ban Overturned

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A 32-ounce soda is filled at a Manhattan McDonalds on September 13, 2012 in New York City. In an effort to combat obesity, the New York City Board of Health voted to ban the sale of large sugary drinks. The controversial measure bars the sale of sugar drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants and concessions.

Let the soda fountains flow! On Monday, a New York Supreme Court judge overturned Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on the sale of supersized sugary drinks in New York City restaurants and other venues. Judge Milton Tingling ordered the city is “permanently restrained” from “enforcing the new regulations,” which are “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences.” He added that the “loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of the rule.” Many city restaurants and other businesses had already begun preparing for the ban, which was set to take effect on March 12. The judge’s ruling is a big blow to Mayor Bloomberg, who has stressed public-health initiatives throughout his tenure.