The citys authorities remain determined to push the ban through

The city's authorities remain determined to push the ban through

A legal bid to ban large, high-sugar soft drinks in New York City has resumed in court, according to reports.

The city's Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has revived efforts by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, to enforce the ban, which would outlaw high-sugar soft drinks in serving sizes above 16oz in restaurants, movie theatres, stadiums and arenas. At the Court of Appeals yesterday (5 June), Richard Dearing, an attorney for the city, reportedly said: “There’s a serious crisis as to obesity in New York City and there is a rich vast and growing body of literature that shows that over-consumption of sugary drinks plays a unique role.”

However, Richard Bress, representing opponents of the ban, told the court that, as an an administrative agency, the city's health board does not have the right to impose such a rule, Bloomberg reported.

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 also upheld that decision last summer

However, an appeal from the Bloomberg administration was tabled with New York State's Court of Appeals last October, which agreed to hear the arguments.

The American Beverage Association argues the proposed ban is unpopular among consumers and would harm "thousands of small businesses" in New York.