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Manufacturers Respond to Richmond, Calif. Lawsuit

Washington D.C. – The following statement was released by Linda Kelly, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and lead on the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP), in response to Richmond, California filing a lawsuit against energy manufacturers for their contributions to climate change:

“The politically-motivated effort against manufacturers has led another California community to fall prey to plaintiffs’ attorneys seeking to score headlines rather than solutions. The same law firm behind this lawsuit has orchestrated nearly identical ill-conceived suits in five other California jurisdictions. And, notably, those municipalities were recently caught failing to mention in their bond offerings the same climate change effects they allege in their lawsuits—raising serious questions about their motivations.

“From Richmond, California, to New York City, activist-driven lawsuits are being filed to undermine manufacturers in America without regard to the facts. Richmond’s filing only serves to underscore the importance of the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project. We will continue to expose the activists, public officials and plaintiffs’ attorneys who are orchestrating this unprecedented abuse of the legal system.”

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The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) will set the record straight and highlight the concerted, coordinated campaign being waged by plaintiffs’ lawyers, public officials, deep-pocketed foundations and other activists who have sought to undermine and weaken manufacturers in the United States. This campaign will pull back the curtain to expose these efforts and to hold key actors accountable in order to protect our members and American manufacturing workers. The MAP is a project of the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), which serves as the leading voice of manufacturers in the nation’s courts. Visit us at mfgaccountabilityproject.org.

 

Manufacturers: Misguided NYC Climate Lawsuit Part of Coordinated Activist Campaign

Washington, DC – The following statement was released by Linda Kelly, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and lead on the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP), in response to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that the city will sue energy manufacturers:

“Mayor de Blasio is just the latest mayor to lead his city into misguided litigation against America’s energy manufacturers. We’ve seen this activist playbook and these central players before, including plaintiff’s attorney Matt Pawa. This is part of a deep-rooted, politically-motivated campaign to undermine manufacturing in America, and we will continue our work to expose this coordinated effort.

“The mayor’s decision to play politics with underfunded pension plans and sue U.S. energy manufacturers is the same divisive approach we’ve seen fail to succeed time and again. Similar to recent lawsuits in California, this headline-seeking stunt is an absurd attempt to politicize natural disasters, rather than a good-faith effort at securing meaningful change. De Blasio is showing where his priorities really are by choosing to make his announcement flanked by controversial environmental activists. Ironically, this attack on energy manufacturers comes at a time that New Yorkers have depended on natural gas and heating oil to carry them through the recent extreme cold.

“The mayor’s announcement may raise his profile, but it will do nothing to address climate change and ultimately fail. The NAM’s Manufacturers’ Accountability Project will continue to highlight such abuses of our legal system so that manufacturers are not forced to waste resources that could be better invested in our workers or in real solutions for our environmental challenges.”

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The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) will set the record straight and highlight the concerted, coordinated campaign being waged by plaintiffs’ lawyers, public officials, deep-pocketed foundations and other activists who have sought to undermine and weaken manufacturers in the United States. This campaign will pull back the curtain to expose these efforts and to hold key actors accountable in order to protect our members and American manufacturing workers. The MAP is a project of the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), which serves as the leading voice of manufacturers in the nation’s courts. Visit us at mfgaccountabilityproject.org.

Manufacturers: Petition Exposes Bad Faith Behind California Climate Lawsuits

Manufacturers: Petition Exposes Bad Faith Behind California Climate Lawsuits
NAM’s Kelly: Integrity of CA Lawsuits “is highly questionable”

Washington, DC – The following statement was released by Linda Kelly, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and lead on the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP), in response to newly-exposed evidence that at least seven California municipalities failed to disclose in their municipal bond prospectuses the same climate-related risks as they detail in lawsuits against energy manufacturers:

“The petition filed by ExxonMobil is a move in defense of all manufacturers against lawsuits made in bad faith and choreographed by politically motivated plaintiffs’ attorneys and public officials. These seven California municipalities are taking energy manufacturers to court, blaming them for catastrophes they are sure will happen. But when it came time to secure money from investors, these cities failed to mention the certain risks they cite in their lawsuits.  Unsurprisingly, familiar names like plaintiffs’ attorney Matt Pawa appear in a number of these lawsuits, and in several instances, the same officials signed off on both the bond and legal filings.

“The level of potential coordination is suspect and the conflicting representations the parties appear to have made suggest two possible conclusions: either the claims against energy manufacturers are frivolous, or the municipalities have made misleading, and perhaps fraudulent, statements to investors. Either way, the integrity of the lawsuits and the government officials and lawyers behind them has been called into question.

“The purpose of the MAP is to pull back the curtain on politically motivated lawsuits against manufacturers and to connect the dots between the players who are orchestrating this abuse of the legal system. The recent filing will go a long way toward achieving that goal.”

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The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) will set the record straight and highlight the concerted, coordinated campaign being waged by plaintiffs’ lawyers, public officials, deep-pocketed foundations and other activists who have sought to undermine and weaken manufacturers in the United States. This campaign will pull back the curtain to expose these efforts and to hold key actors accountable in order to protect our members and American manufacturing workers. The MAP is a project of the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), which serves as the leading voice of manufacturers in the nation’s courts. Visit us at mfgaccountabilityproject.org.

Manufacturers Respond to Santa Cruz Lawsuits

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December 20, 2017

Washington, DC – The following statement was released by Linda Kelly, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and lead on the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP), in response to the city and county of Santa Cruz filing lawsuits against energy manufacturers for their contributions to climate change:

“Sadly this is just the latest in a long line of actions taken by wealthy activists and plaintiff’s attorneys with an agenda to undermine manufacturing in America, and rake in millions of dollars through the courts by politicizing natural disasters.  The place to solve these issues is not in the courts.

“This is why the National Association of Manufacturers has launched the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) to expose these coordinated attacks on manufacturers from activists, public officials, and plaintiffs’ attorneys.”

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The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) will set the record straight and highlight the concerted, coordinated campaign being waged by plaintiffs’ lawyers, public officials, deep-pocketed foundations and other activists who have sought to undermine and weaken manufacturers in the United States. This campaign will pull back the curtain to expose these efforts and to hold key actors accountable in order to protect our members and American manufacturing workers. The MAP is a project of the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), which serves as the leading voice of manufacturers in the nation’s courts. Visit us at mfgaccountabilityproject.org.

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Manufacturers Push Back as State AGs Target Energy Companies

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November 30, 2017
 

 

Manufacturers Push Back as State AGs Target Energy Companies
NAM’s Kelly: This Expensive Taxpayer-Funded Litigation Has No Place in Court System

Washington, DC The following statement was released by Linda Kelly, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and lead on the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP), in response to today’s federal district court hearing on the investigation spearheaded by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey into ExxonMobil:

“The proceedings taking place today are part of a much broader politically-charged activist campaign being waged against manufacturers in America. The fact that Attorneys General Schneiderman and Healey have been associated with closed door meetings with known activists such as Matt Pawa, and have stated their bias against energy manufacturers on numerous occasions is deeply concerning. If cases like this are allowed to move forward, it would be a warning sign to all manufacturers that they could be the next target.

“This case is little more than a fishing expedition. And what’s more, this is expensive, taxpayer-funded litigation over issues that have no place in the court system to begin with.

“This is just one of a number of politically-motivated cases that have led the National Association of Manufacturers to launch the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) and expose the coordinated attacks on manufacturers from plaintiffs’ attorneys, public officials, deep-pocketed foundations and others. The same activists involved in today’s litigation are conspicuously involved in similar litigation across the country, and MAP intends to put them on notice. Despite their stated motives, they are doing the country a disservice by undermining the jobs of working Americans and forcing companies to spend resources on frivolous litigation that could otherwise be invested in jobs and communities.”

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The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) will set the record straight and highlight the concerted, coordinated campaign being waged by plaintiffs’ lawyers, public officials, deep-pocketed foundations and other activists who have sought to undermine and weaken manufacturers in the United States. This campaign will pull back the curtain to expose these efforts and to hold key actors accountable in order to protect our members and American manufacturing workers. The MAP is a project of the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), which serves as the leading voice of manufacturers in the nation’s courts. Visit us at mfgaccountabilityproject.org.

733 10th St. NW, Suite 700 • Washington, DC 20001 • (202) 637-3000

NAM Unveils Campaign to Expose Activist Litigation Against American Manufacturers

Washington, D.C. – The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) announced today the launch of the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP), a campaign to set the record straight and highlight the concerted, coordinated efforts made by trial lawyers, public officials, deep-pocketed foundations and other activists who have sought to undermine and weaken manufacturing in the United States.

The campaign includes the launch of a new website—MFGAccountabilityProject.org—to provide in-depth commentary, social media resources and facts about this network’s attack on manufacturing in the United States.

Building on years of evidence suggesting an orchestrated campaign is being waged to disparage manufacturers—and particularly the largest energy manufacturers in the United States—MAP will seek to unearth how legally dubious tactics have been used to support politically motivated and unwarranted investigations that jeopardize all manufacturers’ ability to continue growing and providing jobs to millions of Americans.

“Since 2005, manufacturers’ contribution to the U.S. economy has grown by 19 percent—all the while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing well-paying, dependable jobs. Misguided and politically motivated legal attacks against manufacturers serve only to hurt American manufacturing workers and threaten their livelihoods,” said Linda Kelly, NAM senior vice president and general counsel and head of the MCLA.

“It has become clear that these activist plaintiffs’ attorneys, sympathetic academics and agenda-driven media outlets are distorting the use of tort litigation to advance their narratives with the ultimate objective of undermining manufacturers and the engine of the American economy.

“Left unchecked, what has been an orchestrated effort focused on the manufacturing sector could eventually lead to an attack on other sectors, while further damaging our legal system. MAP is intent on stopping this concerning trend in its tracks.”

MAP is a project of the MCLA, which serves as the leading voice of manufacturers in the nation’s courts. The MCLA engages in a proactive legal strategy to advance policy objectives and advocate strategic manufacturing interests. The MCLA team works to rein in regulatory overreach, protect hard-fought legislative gains and ensure a level playing field for manufacturers.

To learn more about MAP, visit MFGAccountabilityProject.org.