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Seoul Food DC Food Truck Rides Again

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Seoul Food DC Food Truck Rides Again

Gibson Dunn team

The Seoul Food DC food truck--which serves bibimbap, maki rolls, kimchi quesadillas, and more--was unexpectedly served with a criminal charge. This week, though, thanks to a Gibson Dunn team that took the case pro bono, a judge accepted the prosecution's request to dismiss the complaint. The Arlington Commonwealth's attorney Theo Stamos agreed with Gibson Dunn that the loitering ordinance was too vague, saying publicly that it won't be enforced until the county clarifies it. It was a happy result for the team of second-year associates who handled the case--Alex Harris, Noah Sullivan, and Michael Huston--above left with Seoul Food co-owners Anna and Jon Goree.

Seoul Food

The charge--for not following a street vending ordinance requiring the truck to move every 60 minutes--was in the same category as drunk driving and would have opened up Anna and Jon to prison time and fines. Noah says the truck did move--but the ordinance did not specify how far to move each time, which is what made enforcement problematic. To boot, Seoul Food will be opening a brick-and-mortar spot in Silver Spring (so even those without a Twitter can stop by). You might see Noah, Alex, and Michael (who's clerking for Chief Justice Roberts in the fall) there for a celebratory bibimbap.