IJ Baltimore works to vindicate the economic liberty, private property, free speech, and school choice rights of all Baltimoreans. To do so, we litigate cutting-edge constitutional cases to defend these rights, as well as partner with residents and small-business owners to advance these rights through grassroots activism and legislative reform.
In Baltimore, IJ is currently challenging the city’s ban on mobile vendors operating within 300 feet of any brick-and-mortar business that sells the same type of food, merchandise, or service—including restaurants, cafes, and convenience or clothing stores. Vendors face $500 in fines for each violation and can have their vendor’s license revoked. IJ is representing Joey Vanoni, a Navy veteran and the owner of Pizza di Joey, a New York-style brick oven pizza food truck, that prioritizes hiring other veterans. IJ is also representing Nikki McGowan who owns MindGrub Café, a food truck that offers barbeque and other savory delectables. Both Joey and Nikki are hard-working entrepreneurs trying to bring their culinary efforts to Baltimoreans despite the threat of fines and the possibility of being put out of business by the government. Maryland’s constitution prohibits the city’s economic protectionism and protects the rights of entrepreneurs like Joey and Nikki to earn an honest living.
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The Institute for Justice’s Baltimore office is located on the eighth floor of the Walbert Building in the Station North neighborhood of Baltimore.
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1800 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (443) 524-7385
Fax: (443) 524-7387
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