Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action Launches Restore Our Courts Project

NAM Seeks to Level the Judicial Playing Field for Manufacturers

Washington, D.C., June 19, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly today announced the launch of the Restore Our Courts project, an initiative that will seek to level the judicial playing field for manufacturers.

The initiative, which will be housed in the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), will lead the effort to balance the U.S. judicial system and eliminate the perception that certain state courts are biased against out-of-state defendants.

“For too long, the American civil justice system has delivered uneven justice; for manufacturers faced with lawsuits, the outcome of the cases they defend is often determined by where they are sued,” said Kelly. “Pockets of jurisdictions have developed across the country that act as magnets for mass action litigation because they are perceived as biased against out-of-state defendants. We must return to a minimal diversity jurisdiction standard and put an end to jackpot justice. The Restore Our Courts initiative will seek to address this problem facing manufacturers and build the case for much needed civil justice reform.”

In a study commissioned by the MCLA and authored by Emory University Law Professor Joanna Shepherd, a data-driven analysis of 3,600 complaints filed in state courts revealed that moving to a minimal diversity standard would add 43 or fewer additional cases each year for the 667 federal district court judgeships.

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