Joe Rice

About Joe Rice

Joe is a co-founding member of Motley Rice. He has been recognized for his central role in crafting the Master Settlement Agreement involving the tobacco industry, as well as his involvement structuring some of the most significant resolutions of asbestos liabilities on behalf of those injured by asbestos-related products. A skillful negotiator of complex litigation settlements, Joe continues to litigate toxic and mass torts cases and handles both federal and state court matters and complex legal negotiations involving securities fraud, anti-terrorism, human rights, environmental, aviation and catastrophic injury cases. Most recently, he has served on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill MDL and as a lead negotiator of the two settlements reached with BP, one of which is the largest civil class action settlement in U.S. history. - View Joe's full bio.

High Court rejects BP’s attempt to rewrite the contract
Joe Rice

I am still amazed that I am writing this post and we are here today. However, I am gratified that the Supreme Court did not fall into BP’s game and indulge it by hearing its appeal of the Business and … Continue reading

Holding GM accountable
Joe Rice

The statistics of GM’s recalls this year are staggering. There are more than 70 different vehicle recalls ranging from defective ignition switches to faulty tie rods and brakes, all affecting more than 26 million cars in the U.S. alone. That … Continue reading

Fifth Circuit soundly rules – but BP wrench-throwing continues
Joe Rice

Next week will mark eight months since claims payments through the Deepwater Horizon Settlement’s Business Economic Loss program were halted due to an October 2013 Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in which Judge Barbier was instructed to craft a … Continue reading

Playing the blame game v. owning it
Joe Rice

My daughter will tell you that I have told her over and over how important it is to own her mistakes and take responsibility for her actions. This is a virtue that I hold in high regard and admire in … Continue reading

BP’s April Fools’ Joke?
Joe Rice

In today’s New York Times, BP proudly spent a small fortune to advertise the fact that it is going to once again be a major drilling organization in the Gulf of Mexico. The ad, available online here, also proudly boasted the recent … Continue reading

BP, if you are really trying to find fraud – look in the mirror
Joe Rice

Update: Shortly after the oil spill, BP established a process for receiving certain claims and transferred the claims processing responsibility to the GCCF, which was operated from Aug. 23, 2010 to June 2012 by Mr. Feinberg. The Deepwater Horizon Court-Supervised Settlement … Continue reading

Making progress for the Gulf, but the fight continues…
Joe Rice

On Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, the awaited opinion from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill class certification was filed. In a two-to-one decision, Judge Davis and Judge Dennis wrote a 48-page opinion … Continue reading