Manufacturers Under Assault from State AGs

By March 29, 2016Shopfloor Legal

Today’s announcement by a coalition of state attorneys general highlights again the underlying challenges manufacturers face with today’s legal climate. Their actions seek to intimidate those who are committed to free speech and debate. With an ever-present threat of fishing expeditions and litigation, manufacturers’ ability to freely exchange ideas and information is under assault.

Just as concerning, it appears that enterprising and partisan state attorneys general are also seeking to identify the next golden goose to create windfalls from the private sector for their state coffers. Once again, they think they have found it. Attorneys general should instead be focused on promoting a legal system that is conducive to economic growth and competitiveness.

This is a particularly disturbing action at a time when Americans want policymakers focused on policies that create jobs. This is a distraction that ultimately hurts the very shareholders they claim to be seeking to help.

Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly

Senior Vice President and General Counsel at National Association of Manufacturers
Linda Kelly is the senior vice president and general counsel at the NAM. In addition to handling NAM’s organizational legal compliance, Ms. Kelly also oversees the work of the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action, directing the NAM’s litigation strategy in support of its policy objectives. Ms. Kelly is a seasoned Washington policy lawyer with more than 20 years of experience working on a diverse array of legal and public policy issues at the state, federal and international levels.
Linda Kelly

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