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:

What You Need to Know


  • 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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  • 09/20/2017
    The Center News: September 2017

    We have observed states becoming increasingly creative and aggressive in their efforts to extract taxes and fees from manufacturers, sometimes sidestepping procedural and legal requirements. 

  • 07/26/2017
    The Center News: July 2017

    The new Administration is moving forward with gusto in its efforts to unwind the deluge of regulations imposed on manufacturers over the past several years, including a number of issues the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) has been litigating

  • 06/28/2017
    The Center News: June 2017

    This week, the U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up its October 2016 term, which included a few very significant holdings for manufacturers.

  • 05/24/2017
    The Center News: May 2017

    Beginning this month, the new MCLA Legal Advisory Council will be the one-stop shop for in-house counsel from NAM companies to engage with the legal center. 

  • 04/19/2017
    The Center News: April 2017

    At a time when political rancor and divisiveness are at a high point, it is a good thing for American democracy to have a full complement of justices and a fully functioning Supreme Court.