Bottle Bill Case Adjourned Two Weeks

ALBANY—Lawyers representing both the state and an association of bottlers appeared today in Federal Court in Manhattan to reargue a decision that suspended the state’s expanded bottle law until next year, but the case was adjourned for two weeks.
The law was due to take effect June 1, but was thrown out by Judge Thomas Griesa after the bottlers sued claiming the law violated the interstate commerce clause in the Constitution. State lawyers filed a counterargument last week asking only one part of the law—a requirement that a New York-specific UPC code be established—be struck down.
According to a state official familiar with the case, it will be re-heard by Judge Deborah Batts in two weeks.