National Association of Manufacturers News

Manufacturers group continues transparency initiative with records request to Richmond, the latest climate change plaintiff

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 13, 2018

RICHMOND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – In an effort to defend energy manufacturers against climate liability lawsuits, the Manufacturers Accountability Project has filed a California Public Records Act with many of the cities and counties regarding their contact with private attorneys working on contingency fees.

Manufacturers' group calls ExxonMobil's move toward counter-suing a 'win'

By Ann Maher | Jan 11, 2018

A group that backs the interests of energy producers calls ExxonMobil's recent move toward counter-suing parties involved in California climate change litigation a "win" for manufacturers.

Industry unhappy with risk of higher verdicts in New York's asbestos court

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 18, 2017

The order, released in June, holds, among other things, that punitive damages awards are no longer deferred for cases placed on the trial calendar after the CMO’s effective date.

Calif. appeals court upholds cap-and-trade program under state’s global warming law, says it’s not a tax

By Jessica Karmasek | May 5, 2017

In 2006, the state Legislature passed and then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the California Global Warming Solutions Act, which requires that covered entities reduce greenhouse gas, or GHG, emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. The California Chamber of Commerce and Morning Star Packing Company were among those who sued the State Air Resources Board over a cap-and-trade aspect of the law.

After NLRB gives job back to man fired for racism, appeal follows

By S. Laney Griffo | Dec 1, 2016

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is preparing to hear the appeal of a company being forced to rehire a striking employee who was fired for yelling racist comments at replacement workers.

Groups want Third Circuit to enforce Flonase class action settlement against Louisiana AG

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 7, 2016

The Washington Legal Foundation is among those calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to overturn a Pennsylvania federal court’s decision that, they argue, would undermine class-wide settlements by permitting plaintiff states to file copycat lawsuits despite benefiting from a settlement.

Texas judge temporarily blocks U.S. Department of Labor’s ‘persuader rule’

By Jessica Karmasek | Jun 28, 2016

The new Persuader Advice Exemption Rule requires that employers and the consultants they hire file reports not only for direct persuader activities -- i.e. consultants talking to workers -- but also for indirect persuader activities -- consultants scripting what managers and supervisors say to workers.

Vermont GMO labeling law could have widespread effects

By Rick Fahr | May 5, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – A law set to take effect in Vermont on July 1 has food producers considering effects that could extend far beyond one small state.

U.S. House passes resolution nullifying EPA ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule

By Jessica Karmasek | Jan 14, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan contends the new rule -- which extends the agency’s authority to all bodies of water, no matter the size -- hurts farmers and could result in higher fees for small businesses. The White House has said it will veto the resolution, which already has passed the Senate.

Federal court grants states’ injunction, delays EPA ‘Waters’ rule

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 1, 2015

A North Dakota federal judge said in his order, issued Thursday, that it “appears likely” the federal Environmental Protection Agency failed to comply with certain requirements in promoting its “Waters of the United States” rule.

U.S. SC to review case over class action certification

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 9, 2015

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a federal appeals court ruling that some claim improperly certified a wage and hour class action lawsuit.

Ala. governor signs bill reversing state SC’s ‘innovator liability’ ruling

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 4, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed into law a bill overturning a state Supreme Court ruling that held a brand-name drug manufacturer can be liable for physical injuries caused by a generic drug product that it neither made nor sold.

Ala. lawmakers send bill reversing state SC’s ‘innovator liability’ decision to governor

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 29, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - Alabama lawmakers have passed a bill that would overturn a state Supreme Court ruling that held a brand-name drug manufacturer can be liable for physical injuries caused by a generic drug product that it neither made nor sold.

ABA hosting AG panel on IP theft

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Feb 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The American Bar Association, one of the nation's largest voluntary bar associations, is hosting a panel discussion Wednesday on intellectual property theft.

Manufacturers file lawsuit over posting requirement for federal contractors

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The National Association of Manufacturers and the Virginia Manufacturers Association have filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs from requiring federal contractors to post union notices.

Manufacturers, business groups join AGs in challenge to EPA ruling

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Manufacturers and business groups are joining more than 20 state attorneys general in challenging the federal Environmental Protection Agency over its decision to rescind parts of a Clean Water Act permit issued to a West Virginia coal mining company.

Fifth Circuit overturns NLRB ruling on employer arbitration agreements

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 5, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) -- A federal appeals court this week overturned a National Labor Relations Board ruling that class-action waivers in employment arbitration agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act.

Manufacturers, business groups challenge EPA debarment ruling

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 3, 2013

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) -- This week, a group of manufacturers joined other business groups in supporting BP's efforts to fight the federal Environmental Protection Agency's debarment ruling.

Lawsuit abuse bill passes U.S. House

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill aimed at reducing the number of frivolous lawsuits plaguing the nation's legal system.

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