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Charleston attorney uses Big Tobacco experience to curb opioid epidemic

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) — There has been movement in the battle against the opioid epidemic. State and federal governments are getting involved by passing new legislation and filing lawsuits.

In January 2018, Joe Rice, co-founder of Charleston’s Motley-Rice Law Firm was appointed to co-lead the National Prescription Opiate Litigation. The multi-district litigation is coordinated in Ohio, but includes hundreds of cases filed across the country.

One of the reasons Rice got involved? He helped win the Big Tobacco judgement of more than $240 billion back in 1997. Joe Rice was the lead negotiator.

“We were successful in putting together a settlement that has shown to be extremely helpful to public health,” said Rice.

The allegations in the tobacco case were that the companies were using marketing...

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