October 15th, 2012

Beverage Leaders, Businesses File Suit Against ‘Soda Ban’

By Michael Howard Saul
Wall Street Journal

A group of businesses and trade associations filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the New York City Board of Health’s decision to prohibit the sale of large sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues, marking the first major move to block Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial new policy.

The lawsuit in New York state court alleges that the Board of Health, a panel appointed by Bloomberg, doesn’t have the authority to enact the drink-size regulations. Instead, the suit contends, that power falls to the City Council.

The mayor and top officials in the administration, who long anticipated that a lawsuit would be filed, have previously said they believe the new policy will survive any legal challenge. A spokesman for the mayor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read more: http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2012/10/12/beverage-leaders-businesses-to-file-suit-against-soda-ban/

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