State Fighting Bottle-Bill Ruling

ALBANY—After a federal judge threw out the state’s expanded bottle law last month in response to a lawsuit by some major bottlers, government lawyers filed a motion Wednesday calling on the judge to reconsider.
The motion seeks to modify a ruling by Judge Thomas Griesa, which stopped all aspects of the law until April 1, 2010. State officials agreed that a provision calling for a New York-specific UPC code needed to be looked at, but were counting on the measure to provide $115 million in revenue by sending unclaimed deposits (the nickels from bottles of soda, beer, and now bottled water that are never claimed by careless consumers) to the state rather than the bottlers.

State Fighting Bottle-Bill Ruling