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: July 2016

    20 July 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.

  • The Center News: June 2016

    15 June 2016 | eNewsletter

    The Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling two weeks ago in the Hawkes Co. case is an important victory that will allow manufacturers immediately to challenge agencies that improperly claim that one needs a permit.

  • The Center News: May 2016

    18 May 2016 | eNewsletter

    The tortured, roundabout, drawn-out process that led last fall to the final disapproval of TransCanada Corporation’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline project was equal parts astonishing and frustrating.

  • The Center News: April 2016

    20 April 2016 | eNewsletter

    Plaintiffs continue to push for expansion of jurisdiction despite decades of U.S. Supreme Court rulings to the contrary. Jurisdiction involves which courts have the power to make legal decisions in a case, and improper jurisdiction can be very costly for defendants.

  • The Center News: March 2016

    16 March 2016 | eNewsletter

    Plaintiffs continue to push for expansion of jurisdiction despite decades of U.S. Supreme Court rulings to the contrary. Jurisdiction involves which courts have the power to make legal decisions in a case, and improper jurisdiction can be very costly for defendants.

  • The Center News: February 2016

    17 February 2016 | eNewsletter

    For us, 2015 was a year of unprecedented litigation activity, as our efforts to represent the NAM and manufacturers in the courts found us weighing in across a broad spectrum of important issues.

  • The Center News: January 2016

    29 January 2016 | eNewsletter

    For us, 2015 was a year of unprecedented litigation activity, as our efforts to represent the NAM and manufacturers in the courts found us weighing in across a broad spectrum of important issues.

  • The Center News: December 2015

    16 December 2015 | eNewsletter

    Sometimes David really does beat Goliath. For 17 years, Deerfield, Florida pump manufacturer Moving Waters Industries (MWI) fought the federal government in a False Claims Act case. And recently they won—and scored a victory for all manufacturers.

  • The Center News: November 2015

    18 November 2015 | eNewsletter

    A worrisome trend is developing in the courts: some plaintiffs are attempting to hold manufacturers liable for the acts of parties not in their control under a variety of different legal regimes, including the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), the joint employer doctrine, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

  • The Center News: October 2015

    21 October 2015 | eNewsletter

    After a federal appeals court unearthed one provision of the Judiciary Act of 1789 in 1980, foreign nations have used the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) to claim violations of the “Law of Nations” by a variety of manufacturers for activities involving allegations of human rights abuses taking place in foreign countries.

  • The Center News: September 2015

    17 September 2015 | eNewsletter

    As the days grow shorter and the night air chills, the team at the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) is gearing up for a new term at the U.S. Supreme Court. Class actions and related issues feature prominently on the court’s docket.

  • The Center News: August 2015

    19 August 2015 | eNewsletter

    The Internet has been seamlessly integrated into every aspect of our daily lives. The growth of wireless networks and broadband systems capable of transmitting tremendous amounts of data keeps us constantly connected while empowering new generations of makers and doers.

  • The Center News: July 2015

    15 July 2015 | eNewsletter

    Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has issued its final decisions of the term, how did manufacturers fare? There’s reason for hope, and the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) played a role in several favorable rulings.

  • The Center News: June 2015

    17 June 2015 | eNewsletter

    The U.S. legal system is widely acknowledged as the most costly in the world—more than twice as expensive as the legal systems of our major competitors, such as Japan, France, Canada and the United Kingdom. Tort claims and related litigation cost more than $250 billion per year, draining untold resources from the productive economy and resulting in lost jobs and growth opportunities for manufacturers.

  • The Center News: May 2015

    20 May 2015 | eNewsletter

    It’s reasonable to expect government regulators like the Federal Trade Commission or the Food and Drug Administration to require reasonable warnings about product hazards while also prohibiting false and deceptive advertising.