Soda Makers Sue NYC Over 16-Ounce Limit
Bloomberg rep calls the lawsuit 'predictable, yet baseless'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2012 4:48 PM CDT
Luke Husemann, and Christina Nunez of Baltimore sip on extra-large soft drinks at a fast-food restaurant in New York, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.    (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(Newser) – New York City's ban on big sodas may have passed easily, but a coalition of labor and business groups fought back today by filing a lawsuit, the New York Times reports. The suit contends that city officials imposed the 16-ounce limit by "executive fiat" without allowing City Council to pass a vote. The ban—set to start in March—"represents a dramatic departure from the powers traditionally exercised" by New York health officials, according to the lawsuit.

A spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the Board of Health has jurisdiction over health matters, and obesity kills almost 6,000 New Yorkers every year—so the soda ban "unquestionably falls under its purview." He called the 61-page suit "predictable, yet baseless," adding that it "fortunately will help put an even greater spotlight on the obesity epidemic."

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Oct 14, 2012 7:27 AM CDT
If we can't learn from history, we're condemned to repeat it. The Roman Empire became obsessed with regulations of every sort -- right before it collapsed. Mayor Bloomberg would be better occupied minding his own business, instead of meddling in the private lives of New Yorkers. Surely His Honor the Mayor has sins of his own to tend to?
Oct 13, 2012 6:32 PM CDT
i drink pop maybe one or twice a year. maybe with pizza. i never go for the meal deal that includes a soda pop. oops, i did once but gave it away to a coworker. in the supermarket the other day a woman had 4 cases of pepsi. i just can't imagine. is this stuff like, addicting?? btw, if that woman was a barge she would have been too wide to cruise the erie canal. aside from that, legislation that bans the purchase of 16 oz. soda pop is too over the top for me. where does personal accountability come into play? do we start to monitor everything that is detrimental to peoples' health? then put forth a ban to save the population? it's crazy. look at what they did with tobacco. raised taxes to the point of absurdity. but people still buy cigarettes. they won't touch alcohol with a 10 foot poll. they tried that long ago and saw how well that worked. besides, too many folks like to zone out on a few good drinks. never mind the bulging over worked liver, never mind that deaths by DUI's still continue, never mind the multitude of atrocities committed by blackout drunks. everything from spousal abuse, child abuse, animal abuse, property destruction, on and on and on. i'm not against tobacco, alcohol or the benign soda. the govt. has no business legislating and dictating what is good or bad for americans. edit: forgot a comma.
Oct 13, 2012 10:42 AM CDT
I do not frequently drink soda, and when I do it is with moderation. With that said, I do not believe that a ban on drink size is appropriate, or, directly addresses the problem. Applying the health departments position [6000 individuals die each year for soda related deaths], it begs the question, why no ban sales of tobaco, and alcohol, as health hazards?!?