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.

Seventeen years after Master Settlement Agreement, another historic tobacco settlement reached for victims
Joe Rice

Nearly two decades ago, my friend, mentor and fellow co-founder of Motley Rice, Ron Motley took on Big Tobacco, working with whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand, a former Vice President of Research and Development at the tobacco company Brown & Williamson. That … Continue reading

Don’t let BP scare you – claims filing available until June 8, 2015
Joe Rice

After most of BP’s antics related to the Deepwater Horizon Business and Economic Loss Settlement Agreement were finally brushed aside by the Supreme Court when it denied hearing BP’s appeals on December 8, 2014, the claims deadline for this settlement … Continue reading

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
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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