Soft drink manufacturers and restaurateurs have reportedly requested that the court reschedule oral arguments in their challenge to a New York City prohibition on the sale of sweetened beverages in sizes that exceed 16 ounces. N.Y. Statewide Coal. of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce v. NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene, No. 653584/2012 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., filed October 12, 2012). Additional details about the case appear in Issue 458 of this Update. According to a news source, the industry interests seek oral argument before January 2013, claiming it will take up to three months to “retool” their operations to comply with the new requirements, which will take effect in March 2013, if upheld by the court. City attorneys have apparently decided not to oppose the request, noting that everyone’s interest will be served if the matter is “resolved sooner rather than later.” See Reuters, December 5. 2012.

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