Merrit Jones specializes in representing retailers and banks. Ms. Jones assists clients in all aspects of commercial litigation and on a broad range of issues, including trademark and copyright infringement, consumer product safety, California Proposition 65, ADA compliance, anti-counterfeiting, consumer privacy, anti-SPAM laws, website compliance, domain name disputes, contract and employment disputes, advertising, price accuracy and defense of borrower lawsuits.
Ms. Jones has represented retailers, distributors and manufacturers in Proposition 65 matters involving a broad range of consumer products, from furniture and home decor, to food and beverage products, to fashion apparel and accessories. She regularly advises clients regarding compliance with Proposition 65’s labeling and product formulation requirements in order to anticipate and avoid enforcement actions, and works to efficiently resolve actions in a cost effective manner, with minimum disruption of business operations and maximum protection from future liability.
Ms. Jones also practices in media law, and her experience covers the spectrum of issues related to the publication of information, from defamation and copyright concerns, to constitutional questions related to access to courts and public records, to digital media concerns. She also has defended clients in content-related litigation, and has successfully used the California anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) statute to win early dismissal of lawsuits that threaten protected speech.
Ms. Jones graduated in 2000 from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. She holds a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Jones was a newspaper reporter and editor.