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Judge rejects lawsuit against Philadelphia soda tax

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 19, 2016 1:27 PM

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Opponents of a proposed sugary drink tax demonstrate outside City Hall in Philadelphia, Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

(PHILADELPHIA) -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at blocking the soda tax set to take effect in Philadelphia next month.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Glazer on Monday rejected in its entirety the suit filed by the American Beverage Association and others.

Lawyers for the beverage industry previously said they would appeal such a ruling to the state Supreme Court.

They argued that the tax duplicates the state sales tax already imposed on soda and unfairly taxes drinks based on their size, not price.

The 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax amounts to 18 cents on a 12-ounce can of soda or $1.44 on a six-pack of 16-ounce bottles.

Two cities have soda or soft drink taxes but more than 30 cities and states have rejected them.

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