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Attorney General Kilmartin Retains National Law Firm in Prescription Opiate Investigation on behalf of Rhode Island

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office of Attorney General has retained the national law firm Motley Rice to work with the Office in its investigation involving prescription opiate manufacturers and distributors in anticipation of potential civil action on behalf of the State of Rhode Island.

“Opiate use – prescription and illegal – has created a public health crisis in Rhode Island that government and society will have to deal with for a very long time,” said Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. “Entities in the opiate chain – starting with manufacturers and distributors of prescription opiates – have played a role in the evolution of this crisis and should be held accountable. While taking on some of the country’s most wealthy and powerful companies is a massive undertaking, it is the right thing to do for the State and the citizens. The decision to go after Big Tobacco was once thought to be a fool’s errand, and we proved them wrong then, and I believe our decision this time to go after Big Pharma will prove to be the right decision.”

The role of Motley Rice is to assist Office of Attorney General as it looks to address the financial and societal consequences of the harms caused by the proliferation of prescription opioids in Rhode Island.

“The opioid epidemic continues to be our most urgent public health crisis. The proliferation of these powerful narcotics has had a devastating impact on our state. I applaud the attorney general for taking this step to hold drug manufacturers accountable,” said Governor Gina Raimondo.

Motley Rice, headquartered in South Carolina, is among the nation’s largest plaintiffs’ firms, securing settlements in significant health, environmental and consumer fraud litigation. During the last several decades, Motley Rice has led or participated in some of the most important consumer protection litigation, both for government and for private class actions, including representing Rhode Island in the successful litigation against tobacco companies.

The contract with Motley Rice provides that the law firm will receive a share of any verdict or settlement.

Today’s announcement is separate from the previously announced multi-state investigation by attorneys general into various opiate manufacturers and distributors. That investigation is ongoing.

Go Local Go Loyal Lifestyle Launch With The Cranston Chamber

CRANSTON, RI – During it’s August 17th networking event at the Bonefish Grill in Cranston, Steve Boyle, President of the Cranston Chamber will announce the first of it’s kind in Rhode Island, GO LOCAL GO LOYAL LIFESTYLE campaign. This campaign is unique in that it is the first time that a go local campaign is being coordinated with a customer loyalty program.

The Cranston Chamber of Commerce is inviting you to join them in creating a new community. A community of buying local, sharing customers, and creating customer and business loyalties. The Chamber is adopting a “customer loyalty life-style” based on a system perfected by Lyoness, an international buy-local, customer-loyalty program. The Chamber’s goal is to establish a community of buyers and sellers, creating and referring local customers back and forth.

If Rhode Islanders were to shift 10% of their spending from chains to local businesses, it would bring an additional $373 million per year to the state’s economy. Additionally, 57% of every dollar spent at a locally owned business stays in the local economy, compared to just 13.6% spent at a chain store. The figures are ever higher for local restaurants with 65.4% staying locally, while only 34.5% remaining in town when you dine at a chain restaurant.


The Cranston Chamber is a local organization whose main goal is to build and promote the community. They strive to create an atmosphere where the business community can thrive and advance economic and social prosperity. As a big part of this effort, the Chamber will be officially launching their BUY LOCAL LIFESTYLE campaign at the Bonefish Grill at Chapel View at from 5:30 to 7:30 on Monday, August 17th.


If you want to know more about how you can become involved in the “Buy Local Lifestyle” and become and attract loyal customers, contact Steve Boyle, Cranston Chamber President at 401.785.3780. Better yet, come join us on August 17th and help make this effort a resounding success!

Slate to Represent Small Business Community

NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI – The North Central Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors – to be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at North Providence Town Hall.

The Slate of Officers is as follows –
President Dorothy Swain (2015)
Greenville Public Library
1st Vice David Blanchette (2016)
Chair Rhode Island College
Secretary Jamie Dufresne (2016)
The Children’s Workshop
Treasurer Robert Villucci (2015)
Navigant Credit Union
Immediate Randy Rauso (2015)
Past Chair
Member- Laurie Audet (2015)
At-Large Agent for Keller Williams Realty
Directors: Joel Bessette (2016)
Navigant Credit Union
Greg Borrengasser (2016)
RTS Embroidery & Promotional Products
Anthony Chavier (2015)
Citizens Bank
Ann-Mary Currier (2015)
theCurrier, Words & Events
Tim Forsberg (2016)
Beacon Communications
Gina Fugere (2015)
iHeart Media
Shannon Moniz (2015)
Citizens Bank
Daniel Orovitz (2016)
The Washington Trust Company
Nancy Rosedale (2016)
Bank of America
Deborah Ramos, Executive Director, North Central Chamber of Commerce

All Chamber members are invited to attend the North Central Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors, to be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 3:30 – 5:00 pm at North Providence Town Hall, located at 2000 Smith Street in North Providence. The Meeting will be held in the Lower Level – Assembly Room. You are asked to park in rear of building and enter through rear entrance.

The Chamber’s January “Business After Hours” will immediately follow from 5:00 – 7:00 pm and will be held at RI Billiard Bar & Bistro, located just one block away at 2022 Smith Street in North Providence. All Chamber members and ALL business professionals are invited to attend!

We ask that you register online at For more information, please contact the Chamber at (401) 349-4674.
The North Central Chamber of Commerce proudly serves the towns of Johnston, North Providence, Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester.

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