Chicago-Area Retailers Ask Appeals Court To Block Soda Tax

Law360, Springfield (August 15, 2017, 11:06 PM EDT) -- A group of Chicago-area store owners Monday urged a state appeals court to block Cook County's controversial penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, pointing to recently filed class action lawsuits and warnings from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as support for the emergency motion.

The rollout of the soda tax two weeks ago has not been smooth, resulting in three major class action lawsuits against Walgreens, McDonald's and 7-Eleven for improper collection of the tax, though the suit against McDonald's was dismissed on Tuesday. Additionally, the USDA last week threatened to withhold $87 million in funding from the state of Illinois if Chicago's Cook County doesn't...

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