Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, recently attempted to cut consumption of sugary beverages in the city through the "Sugary Drinks Portion Cap Rule". The rule, supported by the New York City Board of Health, would limit what small retailers could sell. Sugary beverages, like soda pop, would be limited to 16 ounce containers or less. Citing rising obesity levels and the popularity of sugary beverages, Bloomberg and the Board of Health supported this measure as an effective way to improve the health of NYC citizens.
However, the New York Court of Appeals (New York's highest state court) recently struck down the rule as over-extending the scope of regulatory authority. The Court emphasized that small businesses would take the brunt of the burden of the rule, and the sugary drinks were unfairly targeted. Additionally, questions could be raised about the paternalistic nature of the rule. As marijuana legalization is becoming more popular across the country, it seems counter-intuitive to be unable to purchase a large soda in a neighborhood shop.
Still, consumer regulation is important for the safety of us all. If you or a loved one is affected by a product that causes injury, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC is the family of attorneys that will fight for you and your family's interests. Meyerkord & Kurth will represent you zealously in order to get your family the compensation that it deserves. Please contact our knowledgeable products liability attorneys at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you have suffered from a loss due to the negligence of a producer of consumer products.
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