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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
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Privacy
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • Colorado
  • D.C.
  • New York
  • Virginia
Other Countries
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
Number of Attorneys
1,000+ Attorneys

Foreign Cloud-Based Service Providers May Be Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in the United States

Following a recent U.S. district court’s ruling, foreign companies operating cloud-based services may find themselves subject to federal long-arm jurisdiction under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 4(k)(2), even if they have…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, International Law & Trade

SCOTUS to Resolve Lower-Court Dispute Over U.S. Warrants Seeking Foreign-Stored User Data

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 16, 2017, announced it had granted the government’s petition for certiorari in United States v. Microsoft and will hear a case this Term that could have lasting implications for how technology…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Potential cures for cyberbullying & other social media ills; cross-device tracking could imperil employers; should AI be regulated?

After British police unsuccessfully tried to get the blogging platform WordPress.com to remove offensive and threatening posts, the deputy leader of the UK’s Labour Party vowed to urge changes that would make the country’s laws…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Pace of M&A Deals in Social Media Industry Slows After Record Year

Technology-company M&A slowed down significantly over the last year, with deal volume down by 15% across the globe in Q3 of 2017 compared to Q3 of 2016, and a $37 billion decline to $119 billion in Q3 2017 tech-company deal…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

Brands Beware: FTC Continues Campaign on Social Media Influencer Disclosures

With much fanfare, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues to take actions relating to so-called “social media influencers” who allegedly fail to disclose material connections to the products or brands they endorse…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Russia’s threat to block Facebook; Google’s publisher-friendly move; a cease-and-desist letter worth emulating

As part of a new tracking system, the Department of Homeland Security will be keeping records of immigrants’ social media handles and search results. Russia to Facebook: Turn over user-information or risk being blocked…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Yes, the Trolley IS a Problem

Recently, the “trolley problem,” a decades-old thought experiment in moral philosophy, has been enjoying a second career of sorts, appearing in nightmare visions of a future in which cars make life-and-death decisions for us…more
 /  Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Social Links: Social media influencers earn big bucks for endorsements, while the FTC settles a suit against influencers; European court sides with employee axed over emails reviewed by employer

In 2016, brands spent $570 million on social influencer endorsements on Instagram alone. This recode article takes a looks at how much influencers with certain followings can command, and whether they’re worth the investment…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Bills that would take a bite out of §230; court opinion on social media & ethics; using evidence on social media to determine unemployment benefits eligibility

A federal appeals court in Miami held that a judge needn’t necessarily recuse herself from a case being argued by a lawyer with whom the judge is merely Facebook “friends.”…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology

Zazzle Fizzles: Website Operator Denied Copyright Safe Harbor Protection for Its Sale of Physical Products Featuring User-Generated Images

We discussed last year the trend toward companies seeking to monetize user-generated content. A recent Central District of California decision in Greg Young Publishing, Inc. v. Zazzle, Inc. serves as an important reminder of the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: A seminal opinion on web scraping; Obama breaks Twitter record; court holds state’s subpoena law applies to digital communications

In an opinion granting a preliminary injunction preventing LinkedIn from blocking a startup’s use of information in LinkedIn profiles accessible to the entire public, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: SCOTUS embraces technology; IoT companies proliferate; blockchain might make senior execs extinct

A federal district court in Wisconsin struck down the first law in the country requiring augmented-reality-game makers to go through a complicated permit-application process before their apps could be used in county parks…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Get Your Gripe On: The Consumer Review Fairness Act Is Live

Searching “millennials killed…” on the Internet returns over 1.5 million results in .65 seconds. Commentators have blamed the generation raised by tablets, smartphones, and apps for killing everything from marriage to brunch,…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Can media companies be liable for their talents’ social media posts?; a trade group for social influencers; a potentially dangerous Snapchat update

A defamation suit brought by one reality television star against another—and naming Discovery Communications as a defendant—could determine to what extent (if any) media companies may be held responsible for what their talent…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Delaware Governor Signs Groundbreaking Blockchain Legislation into Law

On July 21, 2017, following last June’s announcement that the Delaware House of Representatives had passed (with near unanimity) blockchain-related provisions proposing to amend several sections of the Delaware General…more
 /  Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law
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