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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