Several news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, are reporting that a judge has entered an injunction halting New York City and Mayor Bloomberg’s sugary drink ban, which was scheduled to go into effect on March 12th.
The state court judge concluded that the sugary drink regulations are fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences. The court pointed out that certain stores, such as convenience stores and supermarkets, would not be subject to the regulations. It was also reported today that Starbucks did not intend to follow the regulation, considering itself exempt. These many "loopholes," said the judge, effectively defeat the purpose of the regulation.
The court further found that the City only has the right to regulate the food supply when the City faces imminent threat from disease. The court held that high standard had not been met in this case.
We will continue to watch and report what happens with this ruling and upcoming appeals.