September 16, 2004
Welcome to the New Asbestos Scandal
Joe Rice is smokestack industry's new best friend. That's anunaccustomed role for Rice, since he is the co-leader of MotleyRice (formerly Ness Motley), the most fearedasbestos/tobacco/mass-torts plaintiffs law firm in the country.Over the years his firm has represented more than 96,000 asbestosplaintiffs against hundreds of corporations. Rice and his morefamous partner, trial lawyer Ron Motley--actor Bruce McGillplayed Motley in the 1999 film The Insider--are also the ones whohelped engineer the great tobacco industry takedown of 1998,which will ultimately divert about $ 246 billion in tobaccorevenues into state treasuries and another $ 2 billion to $ 3billion (yes, billion) to Motley Rice.
Posted by Tom Troceen