New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sugary soft drinks in the city has been suspended by a New York judge.

The ban was set to take effect Tuesday, but Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling says that loopholes in the ban "effectively defeat the stated purpose." This is welcome news to many who believe that the ban is a prime example of government overreach. The ban would not have affected drinks sold in grocery or convenience stores, which many critics point out is unfair to other business not exempt.

Bloomberg maintains that the rule is an effort to control portions of high-calorie sweet drinks, not to ban them outright. However, the proposed rule has proven highly controversial and unpopular with consumers and business owners not only in New York, but across the nation.