Manufacturers’ Center For Legal Action

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The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) is the leading voice of manufacturers in the courts. For decades, the NAM has successfully litigated on behalf of the 12 million men and women who make things in the United States. The MCLA engages in a proactive legal strategy to advance policy objectives and advocate for strategic manufacturing interests.

The MCLA’s legal team works to rein in regulatory overreach, protect hard-fought legislative gains and ensure a level playing field for manufacturers. The team engages in party litigation, provides amicus support in key cases and promotes awareness of the legal issues that impact the vitality of the manufacturing sector. The MCLA protects manufacturers’ ability to grow, innovate and create jobs.

The Center engages in these areas:

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The Center's Priorities



  • Lead the manufacturing sector’s involvement in litigation
  • Challenge unfounded regulations and provide amicus support in key cases
  • Address critical manufacturing issues in the courts


  • Inform members through regular communications
  • Host regular conference calls and webinars
  • Educate the public and press through briefings, articles, blogs and media appearances


  • Provide a members-only library of background memos and resources
  • Create networking and information-sharing opportunities for in-house counsel


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  • 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.