US: New York soda ban "dead" after final appeal fails
The New York City ban was first proposed in 2012
New York City's proposed ban on large sugary soft drinks has been declared “dead” after a state court refused to reinstate it.
The Court of Appeals, New York's highest judicial body, ruled today (26 June) that the city's Board of Health “exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority” when it passed the proposal in 2012. The measure was previously thrown out by New York's Supreme Court in March last year, the day before it was due to take effect. An appeals court upheld that decision last summer.
City authorities attempted to revive the legislation, however, the New York Times reported that today's decision exhausts their final appeal and means the “soda ban is officially dead”.
The American Beverage Association, which opposed the ban, said today: "We are pleased that the lower courts’ decisions were upheld. It would have created an uneven playing field for thousands of small businesses in the city and limited New Yorkers’ freedom of choice.
"With this ruling behind us, we look forward to collaborating with city leaders on solutions that will have a meaningful and lasting impact on New Yorkers and families across the country.”
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