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: 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.

  • The Center News: September 2016

    21 September 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: August 2016

    24 August 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: 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.