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New York City's Big Soda Ban Is Officially Dead

The state's Court of Appeals ruled that city's health department overstepped its bounds when it started restricting the size of sodas.

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New York's highest court ruled Thursday that the city's health department overstepped its bounds when it tried to restrict the size of sodas sold in New York City.

A lower court in 2012 overturned the big soda ban in 2012. The city was hoping that the the state's Court of Appeals would reinstate the restrictions.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg originally pushed the ban as a way to combat obesity and health concerns. The limits would apply to restaurants, delis, movie theaters, stadiums, and street vendors. The limits included restrictions such as if a restaurant had a self-service soda fountain, it couldn't give customers a cup larger than 16 ounces.

Restaurants, theater owners, and beverage companies sued, arguing that the city didn't have the authority to impose that kind of ban.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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