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The Washington Post reports that a judge in San Francisco has granted a preliminary injunction, pending appeal, to the American Beverage Association, delaying at least for the time being a law that would have required health warnings on billboards and other advertisements for sugared soft drinks.

The association argues that the law infringes on its First Amendment fee-speech rights; the California Retailers Association and California State Outdoor Advertising Association joined the complaint.

The appeal could take several months, though there is some expectation that it could be expedited through the court system. The case is being closely watched, since San Francisco is the first city to try to mandate such health warnings.
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