9th Circuit Court Rules In Favor of American Beverage Association On San Francisco Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Warning Ordinance

Feb. 1, 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Jan. 31 to reverse the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California's ruling in favor of the city and county of San Francisco's Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Warning Ordinance, which requires health warnings on certain forms of advertisements for certain sugar-sweetened beverages. The city and county enacted the ordinance in June 2015, but The American Beverage Association, California Retailers Association and California State Outdoor Advertising Association had sued to prevent the ordinance from being implemented, arguing that San Francisco's ordinance violated their First Amendment right to the freedom of speech. The district court had decided to stop implementation of the ordinance until the appellate court's ruling. The appellate court ruled to prevent the ordinance from being implemented and returned the case to the district court.

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