Judge pops NYC ban on giant sodas

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NEW YORK (AP) — A judge struck down New York City’s pioneering ban on big sugary drinks Monday just hours before it was supposed to take effect, handing a defeat to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and creating uncertainty for restaurants that had already ordered smaller cups and changed their menus.

State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling said the 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sweet drinks arbitrarily applies to only some sugary beverages and some places that sell them.

The city vowed to appeal the decision, issued by New York state’s trial-level court. For now, though, the ruling means the ax won’t fall today on supersized sodas and other high-sugar beverages in restaurants, theaters, delis and arenas.

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