This is a talk on Zoom about my new book, Let’s Ask Marion.
6:30 at the Jewish Community Center. Information and registration (required for Zoom link) here.
Mayor Bloomberg’s cap on soda sizes at 16 ounces has elicited a hard-hitting, Friday-afternoon (let’s hide it if we can), but otherwise well organized cease-and-desist lawsuit from the soft drink industry.
The suit, New York Statewide Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce et al. v. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene et al., is represented by Latham & Watkins, a law firm that often represents the American Beverage Association (ABA), the leading soft-drink trade group and one of the plaintiffs in this case.
Other plaintiffs are the Teamsters Local 812, the Korean-American Grocers Association of New York, the National Association of Theatre Owners of New York State, and—-no surprise—the National Restaurant Association.
These groups are all concerned that the soda cap might encourage people to reduce soda sales (its point, after all). This would drive down profits for stores, concession stands in movie theaters, restaurants, and the people who distribute sugary beverages.
The basis of the suit includes these complaints [with my comments]:
This lawsuit is clearly about profits, not health. Let’s hope the Court throws it out.
The first 14 of the documents are available in a zip file here (but only for the next week or so).