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Beverage industry groups sue to block NYC sugary drink ban

The plaintiffs argue that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city’s Board of Health do not have the authority to pass the legislation

Members of the beverage and restaurant industries filed a lawsuit Friday challenging New York City’s impending ban on sugary drinks, arguing that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Board of Health does not have the authority to pass the measure.

The plaintiffs, including the National Restaurant Association and the American Beverage Association, argue that only the city council—which is a legislative, rather than executive, body—has the authority to approve the law. “This case is not about obesity in New York City,” the lawsuit says. “This case is about the Board of Health, appointed by the mayor, bypassing the proper legislative process for governing the city.”

Alanna Byrne

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