The state’s highest court today said it would hear New York City’s appeal of a ruling that blocked Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super-sized soda ban.
The case won’t be heard until next year.
The appellate court said the city couldn’t put a 16-ounce size limit on soft drinks.
Bloomberg lauded the ruling in a statement:
“Obesity is the only major public health issue we face that is getting worse, and sugary drinks are a major driver of the crisis. The related epidemics of obesity and diabetes are killing at least 5,000 New Yorkers a year and striking hardest in black and Latino communities and low-income neighborhoods. New York City’s portion cap rule would help save lives, and we are confident the Appeals court will uphold the Board of Health’s rule.”
The American Beverage Association said it doesn’t expect the case to get overturned.
“The courts have agreed the Board of Health did not have the authority to pass this regulation. We are confident in these decisions, and we look forward to a final resolution of this issue,” it said in a statement.