Earlier this month, we reported that former mayor Bloomberg’s proposed big-soda ban had reached the New York Court of Appeals.

The measure would have restricted the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 oz, but the state’s highest court refused to reinstate the law today, reports the New York Times. The justices upheld two prior lower court rulings against the city by a 4-to-2 vote.

According to the Times, a 20-page opinion penned by Judge Eugene F. Pigott Jr. said that the NYC Board of Health had overstepped its regulatory authority. However, the dissent by Judge Susan P. Read said that the ruling ignored decades of public health precedent. The measure was introduced to combat a growing obesity and diabetes epidemic, but met with legal challenges from the soft drink industry and a general lack of public support.

Photo: Flickr.com/babyknight

[Photo: Flickr.com/babyknight]

Now that the Great Soda Saga is well and truly over, here’s a reminder of how long this has been ping-ponging through the legal system.

May 2012: Mayor Bloomberg introduces the initiative to limit soda sizes in restaurants, bars and movie theaters.

March 2013: The New York State Supreme Court overturns the law a day before it takes effect. The city appeals.

July 2013: The First Department of the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division upholds the decision. The city appeals for the final time.

January 2014: Bill de Blasio succeeds Michael Bloomberg as mayor.

June 2014: The New York State Court of Appeals upholds the decision. Mayor de Blasio says he is “extremely disappointed” in the ruling.

No word yet from Bloomberg.


[via the New York Times]