Comptroller sues over city's Snapple deal; seeks temporary restraining order

The city comptroller has filed a lawsuit over New York City's deal to have Snapple vending machines placed in 6,000 public buildings.

Comptroller William Thompson is asking a judge to throw out the contract between Snapple and the city, as well as issue a temporary restraining order to stop the machines from being installed this week. Thompson says the city did not go through a traditional competitive bid when it gave Snapple the contract. As part of the contract, Snapple was given the right to install vending machines in all public buildings and use the city's name in its ads.

Mayor Bloomberg maintains the process was fair and the deal is good for the city. A court ruling is expected on Thursday.

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