NYC Can't Ban Large Sugary Drinks: Appeals Court

Beverage makers, restaurants, theater owners sued to have ban overturned

FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New York City's attempt to have its ban on large sodas and other sugary drinks reinstated was denied Thursday by the state's Court of Appeals.

The court upheld a lower court decision that overturned the city's 2012 ban on the sale of sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces, the Associated Press reported.

In its decision, the appeals court said the city's health department exceeded its powers when it restricted the size of sugary drinks in restaurants, delis, street carts, stadiums, and movie theaters.

The city introduced the ban as a way to combat obesity and other health problems. Beverage makers, restaurants, and theater owners sued to have the ban overturned, the AP reported.

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