WHATLEYKALLAS FILES AMICUS BRIEF ON BEHALF OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS IN SUPPORT OF NEW YORK CITY'S RULE RESTRICTING THE PORTION SIZE OF SUGARY DRINKS

New York, NY – (April 25, 2014). Whatley Kallas, LLP and the Public Good Law Center of Berkeley, California have filed a brief in the New York Court of Appeals on behalf of amici curiae the New York State American Academy of Pediatrics, District II; the Association of Black Cardiologists; the Montefiore Medical Center; the Mount Sinai Health System; the National Alliance for Hispanic Health; the Harlem Health Promotion Center; the United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park; Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc.; the Children’s Aid Society; and the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. in support of an appeal brought by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City Board of Health seeking to reverse the invalidation of their rule banning restaurants, delis, food carts and other businesses from selling sugar-sweetened drinks in cups larger than 16 ounces. The brief argues that the proposed rule is an appropriate measure to address the crisis of obesity and diet-related disease currently facing the nation as a whole and New York City in particular. For the full text of the brief, please visit here. For more information about the case, please contact Patrick Sheehan at (617) 573-5118.