Washington, D.C. – The following statement was released by Lindsey de la Torre, executive director of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) ahead of tomorrow’s hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on the defendants’ motion to dismiss the climate lawsuit filed by New York City against manufacturers:
“Similar litigation has been tried in the past and rejected by the courts yet trial attorneys, who stand to gain large contingency fees, persist in filing baseless litigation that undermines the continued success of one our nation’s most vibrant sectors. The Wall Street Journal editorial board termed this litigation ‘The Climate Change Tort Racket.’
By providing products that all Americans depend upon every day, while at the same time actively reducing their environmental footprint, manufacturers continue to demonstrate it is possible to square economic needs with environmental stewardship. Multiple judicial rulings from multiple courts is an untenable solution. We concur with the 15 state attorneys general who filed an amicus brief that the motion to dismiss should be granted in the New York City lawsuit.”
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.