Just one day before fines and penalties were scheduled to begin, the New York state appeals court has granted a temporary stay in the National Restaurant Association’s lawsuit challenging the validity of New York’s new sodium warning requirement. Just last week, NY supreme court justice Eileen Rakower threw out the NRA suit and dismissed their request for an injunction. The NRA has argued that the NYC Board of Health, which adopted the requirement with the encouragement of former Mayor Bloomberg and current Mayor de Blasio, lacked the authority to adopt the requirement without more specific legislative guidance. The mandate’s penalties of up to $200 per violation were to become effective this week. The appellate court did not comment in granting the interim stay and the issue is expected to be heard by a full panel of the appeals court before the end of the month.