OVERTURNED! Judge strikes down sugary-drinks size rule

Customers at Brother Jimmy's BBQ call cheers with 24-ounce and 16-ounce beverages on March 8 in New York. The nation’s first limit on the size of sugar-laden beverages was set to take effect Tuesday in New York City before being overturned by a judge. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Associated Press

New York City's groundbreaking limit on the size of sugar-laden drinks has been struck down by a judge shortly before it was set to take effect.

The restriction was supposed to start Tuesday.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling writes that loopholes "effectively defeat the stated purpose" of the rule.

The rule prohibits selling non-diet soda and some other sugary beverages in containers bigger than 16 ounces. It applies at places ranging from pizzerias to sports stadiums, though not at supermarkets or convenience stores.

City officials say the limit will curb obesity by making it easy for people to stop at 16 ounces of high-calorie drinks.

The beverage industry and other opponents say it's a nannyish measure that will hurt businesses.

March 11, 2013 - 3:43pm


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