This is an update to our prior articles about the NYC "Soda Ban" posted on October 2, 2012 and March 11, 2013. As detailed in our prior articles, NYC Mayor Bloomberg enacted a ban against soda and other sugary drinks being sold at NYC establishments in excees of 16 ounces. Although the law was to go into effect in March 2013, an "eleventh hour" Supreme Court decision struck down the "Soda Ban" as being arbitrary and capricious and unconstitutional.
As you may recall, Mayor Bloomberg appealed the decision in his relentlees fight against obesity. The Appellate Court has just rendered a unanimous decision affirming the lower court's ruling against the "Soda Ban", as being unconstitutional and violative of the state's separation of powers.
Many thought this second court decision would put an end to this matter once and for all and stop the waste of tax payer money on litigation that borders on absurdity. Unfortunately, Mayor Bloomberg in his infinite wisdom, has already declared the Appellate Court's decision to be a "temporary setback" and has vowed to appeal yet again. While I believe the Mayor has good intentions, if he loses again perhaps the court should enforce baseball's most basic rule of three strikes and your out. That is to say, that the court should require the billionare Mayor to reimburse the taxpayers every dollar expended on his "Soda Ban" litigation battles, in that they seem to serve his own personal agenda more than anything else.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.