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Manufacturers Respond to Santa Cruz Lawsuits

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.”


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

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