News reports featuring Motley Rice, our case work and our lawyers

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation declined on February 5 to establish a multidistrict litigation (MDL) of consolidated claims for sex trafficking victims against various hotel chains.
Motley Rice was one of five firms nationally, and one of two plaintiffs’ firms to be named a 2019 Law360 Product Liability Practice Group of the Year.
A New York woman filed a lawsuit alleging years of sexual abuse, including rape, by her 7th grade music teacher. In addition to the teacher, Greenlawn, N.Y.’s Oldfield Middle School, Harborfields Central School District, and the district’s Board of Education, are named in the suit and accused of fostering an environment that allowed the abuse to occur.
A federal grand jury issued a subpoena last month for global manufacturer 3M Co. The grand jury investigation is reportedly exploring the company’s alleged illegal dumping of toxic chemicals into the Tennessee River near its Decatur, Ala., plant.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a preliminary investigation into 553,860 Nissan Rogue vehicles following reports of unprompted automatic emergency braking, allegedly causing crashes and some injuries.
The 2020 Elite Trial Lawyers Awards, presented by ALM and The National Trial Lawyers, named Motley Rice Firm of the Year in its pharmaceuticals litigation and insurance liability categories. Motley Rice co-founder Joe Rice also received the Elite Trial Lawyers Lifetime Achievement award. Attorney Jodi Westbrook Flowers was also recognized as one of 11 Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar.
Legal publication Law360 selected Motley Rice consumer protection attorney Fidelma Fitzpatrick as one of its Product Liability MVPS of the Year for 2019, in part for her work to defend a historic verdict on appeal for California communities impacted by toxic lead paint.
Motley Rice ranked as a National Tier 1 firm for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, the highest rating for a firm in the 2020 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The firm is also ranked in Tier 1 in Charleston, S.C., Hartford, Conn., New York City, Tier 2 in Rhode Island, and Tier 3 in Washington, D.C.
ALM and The National Trial Lawyers recognized Motley Rice in 13 categories for its 2020 Elite Trial Lawyers award.
Co-founder Joe Rice discussed the National Prescription Opiate MDL, lessons learned so far during the course of his 40-year career and what first attracted him to a career in law in an interview with legal publication Law360.