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New York soda ban ruling could affect Cambridge

After a New York judge struck down a planned ban on supersize soft drinks in New York City on Monday, legal experts say it could have ramifications for other cities’ attempts to restrict jumbo sugary beverages -- including a measure proposed in Cambridge.

The ruling determined that the New York City Department of Health overstepped its bounds in ordering restaurants, movie theaters, and sports stadiums to restrict the size of sugar-sweetened sodas that they sell to no more than 16 ounces. The ban should have been voted on legislatively by the city council, the judge ruled, and the limits seemed arbitrary because they didn’t apply to other sweetened drinks such as coffee, or to large serving sizes from convenience or drug stores.

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