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October 24, 2013

Plaintiffs’ Hot List: The National Law Journal names Motley Rice to its 2013 list

Motley Rice has been selected once again for The National Law Journal's Plaintiffs' Hot List, highlighting the firm’s work in securities fraud and human rights cases. The firm, one of 19 firms across the nation receiving the accolade, was featured in The National Law Journal.

The profile on Motley Rice detailed the firm’s work with PACE Industry Union-Industry Management Pension Fund, one of five class representatives in the securities fraud case against Pharmacia Corp. (now part of Pfizer Inc.) regarding false statements about its drug Celebrex. In the Plaintiffs’ Hot List announcement, co-counsel Patrick Coughlin of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd said, “I've known Joe Rice for a long time — he's one of the top negotiators in the country and has been for some time. They did excellent work on this case.”

Also discussed in the feature was the firm’s work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island in securing a “substantial” award for the family of Jason Ng, who allegedly was subjected to extreme physical and mental abuse and torture while in custody at an immigration detention center in Central Falls, R.I. When asked about the wrongful death suit on behalf on this Chinese immigration detainee and Motley Rice’s involvement, the ACLU's Steven Brown said in the announcement, "There aren't enough large firms doing this kind of work," he said. "They've got a real commitment to this." 

The Plaintiffs Hot List is The National Law Journal's annual take on the top plaintiffs practices in the country, identified by asking its readers to nominate firms in the United States that have done exemplary, cutting-edge work on the plaintiffs side. It looks for firms that scored at least one significant plaintiffs win between June 30, 2012, and July 1, 2013, and that possessed an impressive track record of wins within the past three to five years. The National Law Journal also conducted its own extensive research through court files, news reports and chats with co- and opposing counsel before settling upon the 19 firms. Read The National Law Journal's Plaintiffs' Hot List selection criteria.