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: April 2015

    16 April 2015 | eNewsletter

    On April 14, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush elections” rule went into effect. Manufacturers are faced yet again with the overwhelming challenge of deciphering a new legal restriction and complying with an ever-increasing number of complicated, and often vague, employment regulations.

  • The Center News: March 2015

    18 March 2015 | eNewsletter

    Can the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforce U.S. air regulations against motor vehicle plants in Sweden? That’s what most people would call overreaching. While the Clean Air Act does allow such enforcement for engines made abroad that are offered for sale here, the EPA’s statutory authority does not extend to engines destined for other countries.

  • The Center News: February 2015

    23 February 2015 | eNewsletter

    Manufacturers are facing a growing number of threats with regard to corporate governance and shareholder activism. Each year, hundreds of shareholder proposals deluge public companies because the process for submitting these proposals has few restrictions and costs nothing. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules require that a public company include a shareholder proposal in its proxy statement free of charge if the shareholder owns $2,000 worth of company stock or one percent of the outstanding voting shares, whichever is less, for a period of one year—not a difficult standard to meet.

  • The Center News: January 2015

    21 January 2015 | eNewsletter

    Happy New Year! 2015 will be an active and important year on the legal front for manufacturers. The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) started the year off with a bang by launching a suit challenging the National Labor Relation Board’s new ambush elections rule on statutory and constitutional grounds.

  • The Center News: December 2014

    17 December 2014 | eNewsletter

    Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made organizing a union much easier. On December 11, the Board ruled in Purple Communications, Inc. that employees have the right to use work email for organizing activities during nonworking time. The very next day, it issued its final rule on ambush elections, which stipulates that elections can now occur within 15 days from the date an organizing petition is filed. Shortening the period before an election denies employees the time required to gather needed facts and make an informed decision.

  • The Center News: November 2014

    19 November 2014 | eNewsletter

    Corporate America faces a growing number of threats relating to corporate governance and shareholder activism. These threats are increasingly becoming boardroom issues.

  • The Center News: October 2014

    22 October 2014 | eNewsletter

    On October 16, the NAM and our association allies filed a brief in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association, which the Supreme Court will hear in December. The outcome of this case will have a wide-ranging impact on administrative law by significantly expanding or limiting the authority of regulatory agencies.

  • The Center News: September 2014

    17 September 2014 | eNewsletter

    When the court convenes on October 6 for its October 2014 Term, a number of important cases for manufacturers are already on the docket.

  • The Center Legal News: August 20, 2014

    20 August 2014 | eNewsletter

    The Manufacturer's Center for Legal Action will be filing an amicus brief in the Second Circuit, encouraging the court to overrule a federal district court's decision that would enable the U.S. government to obtain private records stored in a cloud server outside the United States. This issue is not just about manufacturing and business, but more importantly, it is about protecting constitutional guarantees against unlawful search and seizure and invasion of privacy.

  • The Center Legal News: July 23, 2014

    23 July 2014 | eNewsletter

    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

  • The Center Legal News: June 18, 2014

    20 June 2014 | eNewsletter

    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

  • The Center Legal News: May 21, 2014

    28 May 2014 | eNewsletter

    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

  • The Center News: April 16, 2014

    16 April 2014 | eNewsletter

    In a clear win for free speech and a partial win for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and our affected member companies, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled this week in NAM v. SEC that the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) conflict minerals rule violates the free speech rights of covered companies.

  • The Center News: March 19, 2014

    19 March 2014 | eNewsletter

    The NAM is kicking off an exciting legal engagement opportunity to further our partnerships with in-house counsel. The Legal Issue Advisory Groups will help set the agenda for the Manufacturers' Center for Legal Action by identifying priorities, vetting cases, and sharing intelligence on litigation trends and challenges faced by manufacturers.

  • The Center News: February 19, 2014

    19 February 2014 | eNewsletter

    Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide were never intended to be covered by the Clean Air Act, yet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has plowed ahead with a series of regulatory decisions that will bring 6 million stationary sources of such gases under EPA permitting requirements.