Gift Supports Focus on Sugar Reduction Laws

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation has made a $45,000 gift to the Resnick Center on Food Law and Policy to examine the implementation of laws to reduce the amount of sugar in consumer products.

The gift will allow the Resnick Center to host a roundtable convening policy, law, and science experts for discussion on how municipalities and state governments can best defend their sugar-reduction laws from litigation brought by manufacturers. The roundtable will be held at the Luskin Center on the UCLA campus.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation's seeks to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening the nation's social, governmental and economic systems. Its investments focus on criminal justice, education, health care, and several other key areas.

The foundation recently contributed $500,000 to Philadelphia in order to help the city defend a lawsuit challenging its soda tax. In July, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the tax.

Separately, a case challenging a San Francisco ordinance mandating health warning labels on billboard and poster advertisements for sodas and other sugary drinks is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.