Judge Stops Bloomberg’s Soda Ban
Don’t start stocking up on large sodas just yet.
In a decision earlier today, State Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large sodas and other sugary drinks.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Judge Tingling called the ban “arbitrary and capricious” and decided that “the loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the state purpose of the rule.”
Since becoming mayor of the Big Apple, Bloomberg has made public health and fighting obesity his biggest endeavors. Lawyers say they plan to repeal the ruling.
Originally, the ban was to take place tomorrow and would ban drinks larger than 16 ounces from New York City restaurants and other venues. However, customers would be allowed to grab as many refills as they want.
Oddly enough, high calorie drinks like milkshakes and lattes would have been safe because of a loophole in the ban allowing for drinks containing more than 50 percent milk to be exempt.