The City of Providence, R.I., has developed quite a relationship with the Motley Rice plaintiffs' firm to file more than a dozen federal antitrust lawsuits since 2012.
A bulk of these cases allege pharmaceutical companies are using so-called "pay-for-delay" deals to keep generic prescription drugs off the market.
Motley Rice appears to have strong connections with the city's Solicitor's Office, with at least two of the solicitor's staff members having formerly worked with the law firm. One of those staffers was recommended by Motley Rice attorney Robert J. McConnell — brother former Motley Rice attorney and now-federal judge Jack McConnell.
The law firm has a long history of litigation on behalf of Rhode Island government entities. In 1999, then-Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse hired Jack McConnell and Motley Rice to file a lawsuit against the former makers of lead paint.
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