Critics seek to delay NYC sugary drinks size limit

Groups representing many food and beverage business interests want to hold off enforcement of the measure until there's a ruling on their lawsuit seeking to block it altogether.

 

NEW YORK — Opponents of New York City's plan to crack down on supersized, sugary drinks have asked a judge to keep it from taking effect next month.

Groups representing the beverage industry, restaurateurs and other business interests filed the request Friday in a Manhattan court. They want to hold off enforcement of the measure until there's a ruling on their lawsuit seeking to block it altogether.

City lawyers have said they plan to oppose the bid to delay enforcement.

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The rule is to become effective March 12. It bars many eateries from selling high-sugar drinks in cups or containers bigger than 16 ounces.

The critics say it's not right to make businesses incur the expenses of complying before it's clear whether the measure itself will withstand court scrutiny.

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