Judge Halts NY City Soda Ban, Calls It Illegal, Arbitrary And CapriciousSubmitted by SteveMT on Mon, 03/11/2013 - 16:15
Judge Halts Bloomberg's Sugar Drink Ban, Calls It Illegal, Arbitrary And Capricious 3-11-13
Just hitting the tape ahead of tomorrow's scheduled hit of Bloomberg's ban on "large sugary drinks:"
- Judge invalidates New York City's ban on large sugary drinks; ban had been scheduled to take effect tomorrow.
- Judge says sugar drink limit "illegal"
- Judge finds ban to be arbitrary and capricious.
Zero Hedge: Judge Halts New York City Soda Ban
March 11, 2013
A state judge on Monday stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration from banning the sale of large sugary drinks at New York City restaurants and other venues, a major defeat for a mayor who has made public-health initiatives a cornerstone of his tenure.
The city is "enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations," New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling decided one day before the sales limits would have taken effect. The city's chief counsel, Michael Cardozo, pledged to "appeal the ruling as soon as possible."
In halting the rules, Judge Tingling noted that the incoming sugary drink regime was "fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences" that would be difficult to enforce with consistency "even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole."