There has been controversy surrounding a ban on large sugary drinks from restaurants, movie theaters and other establishments in New York City. On March 11, 2013, Joseph Ax has reported for Reuters, Judge blocks New York City large-soda ban, Mayor Bloomberg vows fight. On Monday New York City's ban on large sugary drinks was invalidated by a state judge a day before it was to take effect.
This 11-hour decision was a blow to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose top lawyer has quickly vowed to appeal. Public health has been made a cornerstone of
the Bloomberg administration, with laws which "prohibit smoking in restaurants, bars and parks; banning trans fats; and requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts." New York City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo has vowed to appeal this decision and continue pressing the mayor's case that the new law is needed to combat a growing obesity epidemic. Meanwhile, beverage manufacturers, restaurant and movie theater owners and other business groups have called the soda law an illegal overreach which would infringe upon consumers' personal liberty.
The BBC has also reported on the blocking og the large soda ban in New York City, New York City large-soda ban blocked by judge. A court has blocked a ban on the sale of large sugary drinks, which includes soda, from restaurants in New York City, a day prior to when the law was to take effect. Judge Milton Tingling has ruled that the measure was "arbitrary and capricious", after industry groups sued New York City. Mayor Bloomberg has responded to the ruling by telling reporters, "We think the judge is totally in error in the way he interpreted the law and we are very confident that we will win on appeal."