NAM Statement on Frivolous California Anti-Manufacturing Lawsuits

Washington, D.C., September 21, 2017 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released the following statement in response to lawsuits filed by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, California, against five major energy producers:

“These are frivolous lawsuits that will threaten the jobs of manufacturing workers in America. These lawsuits put every company in America at risk of being targeted for litigation,” said NAM Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly.

“Manufacturers have led efforts to address climate change through sustainability, energy efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. These lawsuits do not move our country forward and instead damage manufacturing in the United States at a time when manufacturing jobs are being created at a rate unseen in years.” 


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit