Pennsylvania – Philly Soda Tax Upheld By Commonwealth Court

phillymag.com
by Claire Sasko
June 14, 2017

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court voted today to uphold Philadelphia’s soda tax.

It’s the second legal win for the city since the American Beverage Association and local retailers filed a lawsuit against the 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages in September, claiming the levy is illegal because it effectively causes double taxation.

The tax was first upheld by a Common Pleas Court judge who dismissed the ABA’s lawsuit in December. The ABA appealed, but Commonwealth Court judges voted 5-2 vote to uphold the lower court’s decision.


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