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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——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