John B.  Major

John B. Major

John Major is a partner in the Los Angeles office who focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on internet and technology companies. He has significant experience in litigation involving the Communications Decency Act and in representing technology companies in disputes involving platform liability, trade-secret issues and compliance with novel regulatory requirements. Mr. Major also litigates high-stakes disputes in a variety of other contexts, representing law firms, higher education institutions and major corporations in their most challenging cases.

Mr. Major has published multiple articles regarding platform liability and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, including an overview of efforts to amend Section 230 and an article discussing non-Section 230 defenses to claims against platforms.

Mr. Major is active in the Los Angeles community, serving on the board of directors of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County and as the chair of its development committee. He also serves on the University of Southern California Law School’s Board of Councilors Clerkship Committee, which encourages USC Law students to seek judicial clerkships, and on the Homeowner Committee of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Major clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski and Judge Paul J. Watford, both of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

 

Experience

Key Representations

  • Facebook, in obtaining dismissal of First Amendment and state law claims in an action brought by a Russian news agency concerning Facebook’s removal of its content following the Special Counsel’s investigation of foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election.
  • Snap, in obtaining dismissal of complaint alleging that Snapchat app encouraged harmful conduct by users.  
  • Snap, in litigation alleging trade-secret and patent claims relating to its “Snap Map” feature.
  • Airbnb, in obtaining dismissal of a putative class action claiming that Airbnb facilitated violations of San Francisco’s short-term rental laws. The dismissal was affirmed on appeal.
  • Airbnb, in litigation challenging municipal regulations of its operations and platform under the Communications Decency Act, Stored Communications Act, First and Fourth Amendments and related state-law causes of action.
  • Airbnb, in litigation brought by a real estate investment trust company alleging that Airbnb interfered with its lease agreements and aided and abetted trespass.
  • Lyft, in compelling arbitration of claims relating to use of the Lyft app.
  • A technology start-up, in litigation regarding alleged breaches of contract and a former employee’s claimed entitlement to additional equity.
  • A start-up gaming company, regarding pre-litigation claims of copyright infringement.
  • Higher-education institutions, in litigation challenging the outcome of university misconduct proceedings.
  • A university professor and a student, in litigation alleging malicious prosecution and abuse of process based on allegedly wrongful Title IX proceedings; achieved an anti-SLAPP dismissal of the complaint.