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Firm Profile: Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2482, United States
Phone: (415) 268-7000
Fax: (415) 268-7522
Areas of Practice
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Government
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • Colorado
  • D.C.
  • New York
  • Virginia
Other Countries
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom
Number of Attorneys
1,000+ Attorneys

What Contractors Need to Know about the Proposed FY 2018 NDAA

On November 9, 2017, Congress released its conference report on the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA coming out of the conference committee contains numerous provisions that would affect government…more
 /  Government Contracting

Non-Meaningful, Misleading, and Unequal Discussions

Today’s post is the first of two installments on protest grounds related to discussions. This post will focus on the requirement that discussions be meaningful and not misleading, and treat offerors equally. The next post will…more
 /  Government Contracting

October 2017 Bid Protest Roundup

This month’s bid protest roundup discusses five decisions covering corrective action, an agency’s evaluation discretion, the “late-is-late” rule, intervening at the Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and Small Business…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting

MoForward 2018

On Thursday, October 26th, Morrison Foerster’s Government Contracts Group held its inaugural MoForward Event at the Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton. The event was a rousing success, reflecting the unique interaction between our deep…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

So You’re Finally Compliant with the DFARS and NIST Requirements, but Are Your Subcontractors?

As the December 31 deadline for implementation of the NIST special publication 800-171 requirements called for by DFARS 252.204-7012 (“the DFARS cyber clause”) quickly approaches, most DoD prime contractors have taken steps to…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Government Contracting, Science, Computers, & Technology

FY 2018 Forecasts: Items of Interest in Contracting, Small Business, and M&A

In the final post of our 2018 Fiscal Year Forecast series, Kevin Mullen and Damien Specht focus on the use of Low Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) contracts, the mounting backlog of security clearance applications, the…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting, Mergers & Acquisitions

Unstated Evaluation Criteria And Waived Solicitation Requirements (Bid Protest Primer #10)

This week we’ll discuss two protest arguments that are, in some ways, two sides of the same coin: unstated evaluation criteria and waived or relaxed solicitation requirements. In each, the focus of the protest is on what was…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting

FY 2018 Forecasts: Winds Shifting on Data Security, Industry Consolidation, and DOJ Enforcement Efforts

In the second of our series about what to watch for in government contracts in fiscal year 2018, we focus on Cybersecurity, Cloud-Based Services, Employment Regulations, M&A, FCA enforcement, and Block Chain…more
 /  Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology

September 2017 Bid Protest Roundup

This roundup of notable bid protest decisions issued in September 2017 highlights three decisions, two at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and one at the Court of Federal Claims (COFC). The first reminds us of the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting

Hurricanes, Floods, Tornadoes, And Power Loss: What’s A Government Contractor To Do? Act Now Under Your Contract, While You Fix The Roof

The aftermath of a hurricane is a difficult time for many in the affected areas, and government contractors are no exception. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused terrible damage in Texas and Florida, claiming lives and…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting

FY 2018 Forecasts: Cloudy Skies for False Claims and Storms on the Protest Horizon?

This is the first in a short series of forecasts from our Government Contracts partners on things to watch for in government contracts in Fiscal Year 2018. For more in-depth discussions of current events and trends, please join…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting

Latent Ambiguities and Non-Apparent Solicitation Defects (Post-Award Protest Primer #9)

Having discussed protest grounds you cannot or should not raise, we turn now to the first in a series of grounds that could result in a sustained protest: Latent Ambiguities and Non-Apparent Solicitation Defects…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Government Contracting

Substantively Non-Protestable Issues (Post-Award Protest Primer #8)

In our last post, we discussed a few procedural rules that can exclude an otherwise meritorious ground from protest. There are also a number of substantive issues that the GAO’s rules exclude from review. See 4 C.F.R. § 21.5. …more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting

NAICS Code Appeals: One Size Does Not Fit All

The federal government sets aside many contracts for small businesses, but not all small business set-asides are created equal. Instead, different size standards define small business status for different procurements. The…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting

August 2017 Protest Roundup

There is no question that procurement regulations give agencies significant discretion at every step of the procurement process, and protesters often have a hard row to hoe to overcome the agency’s exercise of that discretion. …more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting
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