Lawsuit Filed Against the Soda Ban

Lawsuit Filed Against the Soda Ban

The soda ban has generated a lot of controversy and in an unsurprising move, a lawsuit led by the American Beverage Association and the National Restaurant Association was filed against the city on Friday.

Backed by a group of businesses and trade associations, the suit challenges the New York City Board of Health's decision and alleges that the Board of Health, a panel appointed by Bloomberg, doesn't have the authority to enact the drink-size regulations. That power supposedly falls to the City Council.

The Wall Street Journal reports that opponents have said it's unfair that convenience stores, including 7-Eleven and their famous Big Gulp drink, would be exempt.

"This arbitrary ban creates an uneven playing field -- seriously harming thousands of small businesses in the city, while leaving others exempt," Caroline Starke, a spokeswoman for the plaintiffs, wrote in an emailed statement to the Journal.

Contact me here or follow me @dearclarissa & on Facebook. To keep up with all of our food coverage go to Fork in The Road or follow us on Twitter @ForkintheRoadVV.

Sponsor Content


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >