Manufacturers' Center For Legal Action

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The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action will position the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as 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 Center represents the culmination of a proactive legal strategy that advances our policy objectives and safeguards our rights and the rights of our members to advocate for the interests that make manufacturing strong.

The Center’s expanded legal team will work to rein in regulatory overreach, protect our hard-fought legislative gains and ensure a level playing field for manufacturers. The team will engage in party litigation, provide amicus support in key cases and promote education about the legal issues that impact the vitality of the manufacturing sector. Our ability to grow, innovate and create jobs is at stake. 

The Center engages in these areas:

What You Need to Know

 Litigation

  • Lead the NAM’s involvement in litigation  
  • Position the NAM as a leader on issues critical to our membership

Education

  • Develop targeted, plain-English communications that keep our members informed  
  • Host regular conference calls and webinars for the in-house counsel community  
  • Educate the public and press through briefings, articles, blogs, media appearances and more

Resources

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

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  • 07/20/2016
    The Center News: July 2016

    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.

  • 06/15/2016
    The Center News: June 2016

    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.

  • 05/18/2016
    The Center News: May 2016

    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.

  • 04/20/2016
    The Center News: April 2016
    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.
  • 03/16/2016
    The Center News: March 2016
    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.

  • 07/29/2016
    Court Ruling Pushes EPA Toward More Regulation
    Government agencies have a tremendous advantage when it comes to defending new regulations in court. Judges start with a legal presumption that not only gives the benefit of the doubt...
  • 07/21/2016
    If You’ve Touched Asbestos or a Similar Hazard, Can You Sue?
    How much exposure to a hazardous substance gives you the right to sue the manufacturer? Now that scientific analysis of genes and atoms is so widespread, are manufacturers obligated to...
  • 07/20/2016
    Manufacturers File Brief Supporting Energy Access
    Yesterday, the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), the legal arm of the National Association of Manufacturers, along with eight other business and manufacturing trade groups, filed an amicus brief...
  • 07/13/2016
    NAM Files Lawsuit to Protect Workplace Safety
    The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action filed a lawsuit on Friday, July 8, 2016, to challenge the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace injury and illness New...
  • 05/23/2016
    Permit Traps—Proceed at Your Own Risk
    Government decisions derailing permits for infrastructure projects raise serious questions about future access and the cost of energy in this country. Affordable energy supplies are critical to the viability and...