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Privacy Policy

Morrison & Foerster LLP and its affiliates (listed in the “Affiliates” section below) are concerned about privacy issues and want you to be familiar with how we collect, use and disclose information. This Privacy Policy describes our practices in connection with information that we collect through our Private Surgeon General Class Action Defender blog located at www.privatesurgeongeneral.com (the “Blog”). Please note that the Privacy Policy applies only to our online information-gathering and dissemination practices in connection with the Blog, and does not apply to any of our practices conducted offline, or in connection with our other websites (including www.mofo.com). If you have any questions or comments about the Privacy Policy or our privacy practices, please contact us at mofonews@mofo.com.

Your access to and use of the Blog signifies that you agree with all the terms of this Privacy Policy, so please do not access or use the Blog if you disagree with any part of this Privacy Policy.

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. Please take a look at the “LAST UPDATED” legend at the top of this page to see when this Privacy Policy was last revised. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will become effective when we post the revised Privacy Policy on the Blog. Your access to or use of the Blog following these changes means that you accept the revised Privacy Policy.

Personal Information

Personal Information We May Collect

We collect two types of information in connection with the Blog: Personal Information and Other Information. “Personal Information” is information that identifies you or relates to you as an individual. “Other Information” is any information that does not reveal your specific identity or does not directly relate to an individual. Other Information is addressed below, under the heading “Other Information”.

We and our third-party service providers may collect Personal Information such as:

  • Name
  • Postal address (including billing and shipping addresses)
  • Telephone number
  • E-mail address

How We May Use Personal Information

We and our third-party service providers may use Personal Information:

  • to respond to your inquiries and fulfill your requests, such as to send to you publications that you request or to register you for events.
  • to send legal updates and mailings to you relating to seminars or events that we think may be of interest to you, in accordance with applicable law.
  • to keep a record of your contact information and correspondence, and use it to respond to you, if you contact us by e-mail through the Blog.
  • to send to you administrative information, including information regarding the Blog and changes to our terms, conditions and policies.
  • to provide services, including the provision of seminars and other events.
  • to allow you to send Blog-related content to a friend through the Blog; by using this functionality, you are telling us that you are entitled to use and provide us with your friend’s name and e-mail address.
  • for our internal business purposes, such as improving or modifying the Blog and operating and expanding our business activities.
  • as we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public or government authorities, including public or government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e) to protect our operations or those of any of our affiliates; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, or that of our affiliates, you or others; or (g) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.

How Personal Information May Be Disclosed

Your Personal Information may be disclosed:

  • to our affiliates (listed in the “Affiliates” section below) for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy, consistent with our goal of providing the highest level of global service. Subject to local requirements, this information may be used to provide legal and related services offered by our other legal entities and for all the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy. Morrison & Foerster LLP remains responsible for the management of the jointly-used Personal Information. If you are a Californian user of the Blog, and would like more information regarding our provision of your Personal Information to affiliates of Morrison & Foerster LLP, please refer to the “Special Notification for Our California Users” section below.
  • to our third-party service providers that provide services such as blog hosting, blog-related consulting and monitoring, data analysis, information technology and related infrastructure, customer service, e-mail delivery, auditing and other similar services.
  • to identify you to anyone to whom you send messages through the Blog.
  • to a third party (whether affiliated or unaffiliated with us) in the event of any reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or any portion of our business, assets or stock (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceeding).
  • as we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public or government authorities, including public or government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e) to protect our operations or those of any of our affiliates; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, or that of our affiliates, you or others; or (g) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.

Other Information

Other Information We May Collect

“Other Information” is any information that does not reveal your specific identity or does not directly relate to an individual, such as:

  • Browser information
  • Information collected through cookies, pixel tags and other technologies
  • Demographic information
  • Aggregated information

How We May Collect Other Information

We and our third-party service providers may collect Other Information in a variety of ways, including:

  • Through your browser: Certain information is collected by most browsers, such as your Media Access Control (MAC) address, computer type (Windows or Macintosh), screen resolution, operating system version and Internet browser type and version. We use this information to ensure that our Blog functions properly.
  • Using cookies: Cookies are pieces of information stored directly on the computer that you are using. Cookies allow us to collect information such as browser type, time spent on the Blog, pages visited, language preferences and other anonymous traffic data. We and our service providers use the information for security purposes, to facilitate navigation, display information more effectively, and to personalize your experience while visiting the Blog, as well as for online tracking purposes. We can recognize your computer to assist your use of the Blog. We also gather statistical information about the usage of the Blog in order to continually improve the design and functionality, understand how customers use the Blog and to assist us with resolving questions regarding the Blog.

If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to automatically decline cookies, or be given the choice of declining or accepting the transfer to your computer of a particular cookie (or cookies) from a particular website. If cookies are disabled, however, not all features of the Blog may operate as intended. Information about the procedure you are required to follow in order to disable cookies can be found on your Internet browser provider’s website.

  • Using pixel tags and other similar technologies: Pixel tags (also known as web beacons and clear GIFs) may be used in connection with some Blog pages and HTML formatted e-mail messages to, among other things, track the actions of Blog users and e mail recipients, measure the success of our marketing campaigns and compile statistics about Blog usage and response rates.
  • IP Address: Your “IP Address” is a number that is automatically assigned to the computer that you are using by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). An IP Address is identified and logged automatically in our server log files whenever a user visits the Blog, along with the time of the visit and the page(s) that were visited. Collecting IP Addresses is standard practice on the Internet and is done automatically by many websites. We use IP Addresses for purposes such as calculating Blog usage levels, helping diagnose server problems and administering the Blog.
  • From you: Information such as your location, as well as other information, such as your preferred means of communication, is collected when you voluntarily provide this information. Unless combined with Personal Information, this information does not personally identify you or any other user of the Blog.
  • By aggregating information: Aggregated Personal Information does not personally identify you or any other user of the Blog. For example, we may aggregate Personal Information to calculate the percentage of our users who have a particular telephone area code.

How We May Use and Disclose Other Information

Please note that we may use and disclose Other Information for any purpose, except where we are required to do otherwise under applicable law. If we are required to treat Other Information as Personal Information under applicable law, then, in addition to the uses listed in the “How We May Collect Other Information” section above, we may use and disclose Other Information for all the purposes for which we use and disclose Personal Information.

In some instances, we may combine Other Information with Personal Information (such as combining your name with your geographical location). If we combine any Other Information with Personal Information, the combined information will be treated by us as Personal Information as long as it is so combined.

Third Party Sites

This Privacy Policy does not address, and we are not responsible for, the privacy, information or other practices of any third parties, including any third party operating any blog or other website to which this Blog contains a link. The inclusion of a link on the Blog does not imply endorsement of the linked website by us or by our affiliates.

Security

We seek to use reasonable organizational, technical and administrative measures to protect Personal Information under our control. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or data storage system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure (for example, if you feel that the security of any account you might have with us has been compromised), please immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us in accordance with the “Contacting Us” section below.

Choices and Access

Your choices regarding our use of your Personal Information for marketing purposes

If you no longer want to receive marketing-related e-mails from us on a going-forward basis, you may opt-out of receiving these marketing-related e-mails by following the unsubscribe instructions in any such message or by contacting us by e-mail at mofonews@mofo.com. We aim to comply with your request(s) as soon as reasonably practicable. Please note that if you do opt-out of receiving marketing-related e-mails from us, we may still send you important administrative messages; you cannot opt-out from receiving administrative messages.

How you can access, change or suppress your Personal Information

You may request to review, correct, update, suppress, or otherwise modify any Personal Information that you have previously provided through the Blog, or object to the use of such Personal Information by us. You may exercise these rights by contacting us by e-mail at mofonews@mofo.com. Additionally, you may also oppose the processing or transferring of Personal Information to the extent the laws of your country require if you have a legitimate reason to do so.

In your request, please make clear what information you would like to have changed and whether you would like to have your Personal Information suppressed from our database, or otherwise let us know what limitations you would like to put on our use of your Personal Information. For your protection, we will only implement requests with respect to the Personal Information associated with the particular e-mail address that you use to send us your request, and we may need to verify your identity before implementing your request. We aim to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable.

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes, and there may also be residual information that will remain within our databases and other records, which will not be removed therefrom. We may, from time to time, re-contact former users of the Blog. Finally, we are not responsible for removing information from the databases of third parties (such as service providers) with whom we have shared your Personal Information.

Special Notification for Individual California Users

As noted above, we may disclose Personal Information to affiliates of Morrison & Foerster LLP, which may use this information for all purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy. Because separate legal entities are considered “third parties” for purposes of California Civil Code Section 1798.83, and certain communications from our affiliates might be viewed as promoting their legal services, we are providing the following information for California residents who have provided us with their Personal Information during the creation of, or during the course of, an established legal services relationship that is primarily for personal, family, or household purposes (“Individual California Users”). Individual California Users may request information about our disclosures of certain categories of Personal Information to third parties (i.e., our affiliates) for such third parties’ direct marketing purposes. Such requests must be submitted to us either by e-mail at mofonews@mofo.com or by mail at the following address:

Morrison & Foerster
Marketing Department
425 Market Street, 32nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Within thirty (30) days of receiving such a request, we will provide a list of the categories of Personal Information disclosed to third parties (i.e., our affiliates) for their direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, along with the names and addresses of these third parties. This request may be made no more than once per calendar year. We reserve our right not to respond to requests submitted other than to the e-mail or mailing addresses specified in this section.

Retention Period

We will retain your Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy unless a longer retention period is required or allowed by law.

Use of Blog by Minors

The Blog is not directed to individuals under the age of thirteen (13), and we request that these individuals do not provide Personal Information through the Blog.

Cross-Border Transfer

Your Personal Information may be stored and processed in any country where we have facilities or in which we engage service providers, and by using our Blog you consent to the transfer of information to countries outside of your country of residence, including the United States, which may have different data protection rules than those of your country.

Sensitive Information

We ask that you not send us, and you not disclose, any sensitive Personal Information (e.g., Social Security numbers, credit card or other payment card information, information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, criminal background or trade union membership) on or through the Blog or otherwise to us.

Contacting Us
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us by e-mail at mofonews@mofo.com, or please write to the following address:

Morrison & Foerster
Marketing Department
425 Market Street, 32nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Please note that e-mail communications are not always secure, so please do not include credit card information or sensitive information in your e-mails to us.

Affiliates

For purposes of this Privacy Policy, the following entities are considered to be “affiliates” of Morrison & Foerster LLP:

  • Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster, a Hong Kong general partnership
  • Morrison & Foerster Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho
  • Morrison & Foerster Asia Services, LLP
  • Ito Mitomi Horitsu Jimusho
  • Morrison & Foerster Zeirishi Hojin