Drink up, New York

City’s soda ban rejected by state’s highest court

New York City’s controversial big-soda ban has officially fizzled out.

The New York State Court of Appeals ruled 4-2 on June 26 that the city’s Board of Health exceeded its authority in its proposal to ban soft drinks larger than 16 ounces, according to The New York Times. The ruling was a major win for the soda industry and a blow to health advocates who had urged the state to address the consumption of foods and drinks linked to obesity. Two lower courts already had ruled against the city, and polls of New Yorkers showed a majority opposed the soda ban.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a supporter of the proposal first championed by his predecessor Michael R. Bloomberg, said he was “extremely disappointed” by the ruling, maintaining that the city would review other options to fight obesity.