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Could N.Y. ruling affect a Cambridge soda ban?

After a New York judge struck down a ban on supersize soft drinks in New York, legal experts said the ruling could affect other cities’ attempts to restrict jumbo sugary beverages, including 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 the sugar-sweetened sodas they sell to no more than 16 ounces. The ban should have been voted on by the City Council, the judge ruled, and the size limit seemed arbitrary because it did not apply to other sweetened drinks such as coffee, or to large-serving sizes from convenience or drug stores.

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