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Timmons: Mayor de Blasio Owes New Yorkers an Apology

Timmons: Mayor de Blasio Owes New Yorkers an Apology

Should Be Transparent about Trial Lawyer Payday

Lexington, KY – Ahead of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement highlighting the mayor’s attack on manufacturers and calling for New York City to make public the financial windfall trial lawyers will receive under his recent lawsuit against the industry:

“We doubt he’ll admit it in his State of the City address, but Mayor de Blasio’s frivolous lawsuit is a farce and a direct threat to the jobs and livelihoods of manufacturing workers in New York and across America. And despite what he says, New Yorkers should also recognize that his divestment plan is misguided, a disservice to the city and a danger to the pensions of firefighters, police officers and other public servants.

“Given the mayor’s entanglement with a web of activists and trial lawyers, it’s clear that he cares more about making headlines than solving the global challenge of climate change. He should use this chance to be transparent about his arrangement with payday-seeking trial lawyers and apologize to his city for dragging New Yorkers into an embarrassing, fruitless and potentially costly stunt.”

Recent records uncovered by the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project show that law firm Hagens Berman stands to gain an astounding 23.5 percent payday if its cookie-cutter lawsuits against manufacturers in other states are successful.

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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.

NAM President & CEO Jay Timmons Highlights the Series of Frivolous Lawsuits Targeting Energy Manufacturers:

Troy, Michigan – Today, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons delivered the 2018 State of Manufacturing Address at Automation Alley in Troy, Michigan. The speech kicks off a two-week national tour that will discuss industry advances as well as challenges facing the manufacturing sector in the coming years, including the rise of misguided lawsuits against manufacturers spurred on by a coalition of special interests.

“There’s a growing trend, an alliance of activists, plaintiffs’ attorneys and politicians going after manufacturing companies with frivolous, misguided lawsuits. The lawyers want to make money; the politicians want to make headlines.”

“At the NAM, we’re not letting this go unchallenged. That’s why we launched the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project to hold the actors accountable. We’re going to fight back because there’s too much at stake.”

“Over the past decade, the United States has made greater reductions in greenhouse gasses than any nation on earth. We’re proving that environmental stewardship and economic growth can go hand in hand.”

Jay Timmons

President and CEO

National Association of Manufacturers

The National Association of Manufacturers is fighting back against politically-motivated attacks on energy producers through their newly created initiative – The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP). The MAP campaign is dedicated to exposing the activists, public officials and plaintiffs’ attorneys who are orchestrating an unprecedented abuse of the legal system against American manufacturers.

MAP Launches Ad Campaign to Expose Mayor de Blasio’s Attack on Manufacturers

MAP Launches Ad Campaign to Expose Mayor de Blasio’s Attack on Manufacturers

Effort to Highlight Hypocritical and Frivolous Lawsuits

Washington, D.C. – The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) – a campaign of the National Association of Manufacturers – today launched a social and digital media ad campaign to highlight New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s politically-motivated attacks on manufacturers. The mayor recently announced that the city will sue energy manufacturers, joining a misguided national campaign to undermine manufacturing in America.

“Mayor de Blasio’s attack on manufacturers is just the latest example of the Mayor taking his marching orders from deep-pocketed activist foundations and trial lawyers looking for a big payday on the backs of taxpayers,” said Linda Kelly, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and spokesperson for the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP). “This campaign will set the record straight and show New Yorkers how the mayor is wasting public resources on a dead-end legal strategy. While Mayor de Blasio is chasing headlines inside his SUVs, manufacturers are hard at work creating jobs in New York, while also keeping the lights on and ensuring buildings are heated across the city.”

The MAP campaign was created to expose the activists, public officials and plaintiffs’ attorneys who are orchestrating an unprecedented abuse of the legal system against American manufacturers. To learn more about Mayor de Blasio’s attack on manufacturers, click here.

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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 Demand Transparency in Municipal Climate Lawsuits

Manufacturers Demand Transparency in Municipal Climate Lawsuits

MAP Files Latest Public Records Request with Richmond, CA

Washington, DC — The National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) filed a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request with the City of Richmond, California, this week seeking all documents and communications related to the city’s January 22 climate liability lawsuit against 29 energy manufacturers. The CPRA request is the latest public records request submitted by the MAP in recent weeks to nine jurisdictions, including New York City, that have brought climate liability lawsuits against energy manufacturers.

 

“Taxpayers have the right and obligation to more fully understand the objectives of the litigation, policy considerations, and factual analysis used by this locality in allying with the plaintiffs’ lawyers and activists who have worked with the city to bring the litigation,” said Linda Kelly, General Counsel of the National Association of Manufacturers.   

 

Manufacturers and the general public will be well served by transparency on this matter and the MAP will continue to work with the nine municipalities toward that end.

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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.

Former White House Advisor to Lead the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Accountability Project

Lindsey de la Torre joins the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as Executive Director of the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) and Special Counsel to the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA). A veteran of the Bush White House, the Department of Justice and a Fortune 500 company, de la Torre will work with elected officials, media and the public in support of manufacturers facing baseless lawsuits across the country.

“Lindsey’s arrival could not come at a more crucial moment, with a growing number of public officials joining activists and plaintiffs’ lawyers in a misguided campaign to target manufacturers across the country,” said NAM Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly.

“Lindsey brings with her years of legal expertise and a thorough understanding of this growing threat to manufacturers. Her addition to the team will bolster efforts to push back against attacks and shed light on those who would abuse our legal system to further their own political agendas.”

More information about the MCLA can be found here. More information about the MAP can be found here.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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