A federal appeals court has blocked a San Francisco law requiring health warnings on advertisements for soda and other sugary drinks in a victory for beverage and retail groups that sued to block the ordinance.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says in a unanimous ruling Thursday that the law violates constitutionally protected commercial speech.
The judges granted a preliminary injunction that prevents the law from taking effect and kicked the case back to a lower court.
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The American Beverage Association joined retail and advertising groups to sue to block the ordinance.
The law is part of an effort to reduce consumption of sweet drinks as a way to combat obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
The San Francisco city attorney's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.