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Manufacturers to Acting NY AG Underwood: Your Frivolous and Costly Lawsuit Will Fail

Washington, D.C. — In response to New York’s Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood filing a lawsuit today against Exxon Mobil, the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project’s Executive Director Lindsey de la Torre released the following statement:

“Today’s lawsuit is simply the latest in a string of attempts to target manufacturers in America. Acting New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has picked up the reins of a failed investigation initiated by former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that spanned three years and four million pages of material that led nowhere. Rather than focus on productive solutions, Attorney General Underwood moved ahead with this politically-motivated lawsuit, wasting even more taxpayer resources in an effort to infringe on manufacturers’ First Amendment rights. Manufacturers will continue to stand strong and fight back against these abuses of our legal system and efforts to undermine our sector, while maintaining our commitment to addressing environmental challenges.”


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