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An unlikely coalition of opponents to New York City's new law restricting the sale of high-calorie beverages is taking the city to court in an attempt to block the legislation. The American Beverage Association along with the New York state NAACP and others appeared in court on Wednesday to challenge the law. Despite the backlash, the city continues to defent the controversial legislation. Thomas Merrill, a lawyer for the city's Health Department, said,

"While this may not be a silver bullet that will cure the obesity epidemic, it's rational ... (and) one step that can be taken."

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