A judge in New York has nullified the plan to outlaw gigantic sugary drinks from restaurants and other places to eat, one day before it was to go into effect NBC News reported March 11. Mayor Michael Bloomberg had plugged the ban as a way to lessen obesity. The American Beverage Association and other business groups had sued the city in order to challenge the ban.
State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling in Manhattan ruled that the new guidelines are:
"fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences. The simple reading of the rule leads to the earlier acknowledged uneven enforcement even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole….the loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the state purpose of the rule. New York City is enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations."
Business groups and beverage manufacturers had called the law an illegal overextension that would violate a consumer's personal liberty. The law that was to go into effect on Tuesday banned sugar laced drinks that were larger than 16 ounces. Bloomberg had promoted the ban for months, and it even got approved by the city board of health.
The new law had gained national attention and angered many New Yorkers and many people who didn't even live in the Big Apple. A poll showed up to 60 percent disapproved of the ban.
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