The Center Legal News

The Center News is a monthly publication that highlights significant cases affecting manufacturers. The NAM's Manufacturers' Center for Legal Action becomes involved in many of these cases to provide the judicial branch with an important perspective it might not otherwise hear. The NAM provides a voice for all manufacturers working to remain competitive amid the complexities of today's legal system.
  • The Center News: February 2018

    28 February 2018 | eNewsletter

    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.

  • The Center News: January 2018

    31 January 2018 | eNewsletter

    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.

  • The Center News: December 2017

    21 December 2017 | eNewsletter

    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.

  • The Center News: November 2017

    16 November 2017 | eNewsletter

    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.

  • The Center News: October 2017

    18 October 2017 | eNewsletter

    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.

  • The Center News: September 2017

    20 September 2017 | eNewsletter

    We have observed states becoming increasingly creative and aggressive in their efforts to extract taxes and fees from manufacturers, sometimes sidestepping procedural and legal requirements. 

  • The Center News: July 2017

    26 July 2017 | eNewsletter

    The new Administration is moving forward with gusto in its efforts to unwind the deluge of regulations imposed on manufacturers over the past several years, including a number of issues the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) has been litigating

  • The Center News: June 2017

    28 June 2017 | eNewsletter

    This week, the U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up its October 2016 term, which included a few very significant holdings for manufacturers.

  • The Center News: May 2017

    24 May 2017 | eNewsletter

    Beginning this month, the new MCLA Legal Advisory Council will be the one-stop shop for in-house counsel from NAM companies to engage with the legal center. 

  • The Center News: April 2017

    19 April 2017 | eNewsletter

    At a time when political rancor and divisiveness are at a high point, it is a good thing for American democracy to have a full complement of justices and a fully functioning Supreme Court.

  • The Center News: March 2017

    22 March 2017 | eNewsletter

    EPA Hears Manufacturers' Concerns and Delays Risk Management Programs Rule.

  • The Center News: February 2017

    17 February 2017 | eNewsletter

    Employers are in a wait-and-see pattern but should anticipate increased complexity surrounding employment-based visa programs.

  • The Center News: January 2017

    26 January 2017 | eNewsletter

    President Obama has relied on, and expanded, the power of the administrative state by making substantial use of both executive orders and presidential memoranda to achieve policy objectives.

  • The Center News: November 2016

    17 November 2016 | eNewsletter

    President Obama has relied on, and expanded, the power of the administrative state by making substantial use of both executive orders and presidential memoranda to achieve policy objectives.

  • The Center News: October 2016

    19 October 2016 | eNewsletter

    The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), the litigation arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), filed a lawsuit on July 8, 2016, challenging OSHA’s workplace injury and illness rule, as it believes the rule places unreasonable restrictions on employer programs to increase workplace safety.