Legal Toolkit and Resources


Who We Are


The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) advances the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) policy objectives in the courts and safeguards our rights and the rights of our members to advocate the interests that make manufacturing strong.


Why We Fight


All over the country and around the world—from state supreme courts, to federal district courts, to the U.S. Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice—when there is a case to be made to protect hard-won legislative gains and expand opportunity for manufacturers, we will be there—and we will win.

Legal Advisory Council


This is where your leadership shines. The MCLA Legal Advisory Council provides a forum for networking, sharing best practices and discussing compliance challenges. It also provides an important avenue for members to stay involved and participate in setting the MCLA agenda.

Manufacturers’ Compliance Institute


The Manufacturers’ Compliance Institute (MCI) brings exclusive direct legal help from top-tier law firms —free with membership—so our members can benefit from some of the nation’s best legal minds.

Is The Fight Over?
Not Even Close.


Just because this country has a pro-manufacturing administration and Congress does not mean the MCLA’s work will stop. Our opponents, and even some states, are suing the new administration to stop it from overturning many of the costly regulations that have been issued over previous years. The MCLA will be there, as we always are, to protect your interests.

More Resources

  • 02/28/2018
    The Center News: February 2018
    In November 2017, the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) launched the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) with the purpose of exposing the coordinated efforts of trial attorneys and public officials pursuing a baseless legal campaign against manufacturers.
  • 01/31/2018
    The Center News: January 2018
    We are changing up our format a bit for this edition to provide an opportunity for our MCLA Legal Advisory Council law firm partners to provide their views on the outlook for 2018.
  • 12/21/2017
    The Center News: December 2017
    With National Labor Relations Board Chairman Philip Miscimarra departing his post this past Saturday, late last week, the Board took astonishingly broad and swift action to reverse some of the most troubling Board policies of the past several years.
  • 11/16/2017
    The Center News: November 2017
    There have been so many outrageous claims and novel theories of liability against manufacturers over the years that it is unusual to see a more straightforward, run-of-the-mill contract case make it to the Supreme Court for decision. But that happened in 2015 when the Supreme Court decided that retirees are entitled to lifetime vesting of health care benefits under a collective bargaining agreement only when the agreement can be viewed that way using standard contract interpretation principles.
  • 10/18/2017
    The Center News: October 2017

    The Administrative Procedure Act governs the process for rulemaking by administrative agencies. With WOTUS and the many other regulations that the Trump administration is seeking to reverse, the administration cannot simply wave a magic wand—or a magic pen—and undo a regulation. The agency must engage in a new rulemaking, setting forth a well-supported rationale for changing course.