Reuters reports that lawyers from the administration stated their arguments before the state Supreme Court's Appellate Division, but that it could be many more months before the court makes a final decision on the ban. Fay Ng, the city attorney leading the appeal, said to Reuters in an email: "The board of health took reasonable and completely appropriate steps to combat the city's growing obesity epidemic."
One problem that could arise in the ruling: Mayor Bloomberg's tenure comes to an end at the end of the year. If there's no decision about the soda ban before then, it's unclear whether Bloomberg's successor, the next mayor of New York City, will continue the fight against sugary drinks. Still, the soda lobbies, including the American Beverage Association, repsonded to the appeal and said they believe the latest ruling will still stand.