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


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


  • 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


  • 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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  • 12/16/2015
    The Center News: December 2015
    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.
  • 11/18/2015
    The Center News: November 2015
    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).
  • 10/21/2015
    The Center News: October 2015
    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.
  • 09/17/2015
    The Center News: September 2015
    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.
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