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Beverage association sues to block Philly soda tax

Beverage association sues to block Philly soda tax

The American Beverage Association, along with some Philadelphia residents and businesses, filed suit Wednesday to block the city's recently enacted sweetened-beverage tax, arguing it is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was filed in Common Pleas Court, but lawyers for the plaintiffs are asking that the state Supreme Court take up the case. They are seeking an injunction to stop the city from collecting the tax, which goes into effect Jan. 1.

"The Supreme Court will doubtlessly decide the case eventually," said Shanin Specter, the attorney representing the 10 plaintiffs. "We think it's important for the citizens of Pennsylvania, including Philadelphians, that they do...

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