MSP Recovery Announces Significant Progress Towards Settlements and Strategic Alliance With Law Firms Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman, PLLC and Rivero Mestre, LLP...
- MSP Recovery’s alliance with the two law firms represents more than 65 new lawyers who may assist in MSP’s recovery efforts.
- Today’s news follows a previously announced increase in MSP’s portfolio of assigned claims, as a result of which Paid Amount (as explained below) of MSP’s portfolio increased from an estimated $61 billion to an estimated $364 billion in Paid Amount, as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2021, respectively.
- MSP Recovery is currently exchanging data and exploring settlement with counterparties that represent a more than 12% market share of the private passenger auto liability sector of the U.S. property and casualty insurance industry.
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MSP Recovery Announces Significant Progress Towards Settlements and Strategic Alliance With Law Firms Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman, PLLC and Rivero Mestre, LLP, Enhancing Ability To Secure Recoveries from its Portfolio of Assigned Claims, Representing an Estimated $364 billion in Paid Amount
MSP Recovery, LLC (“MSP Recovery” or “MSP”), a Medicare, Medicaid, commercial, and secondary payer reimbursement recovery leader, which has previously announced a planned business combination with Lionheart Acquisition Corporation II (Nasdaq: LCAPU, LCAP, LCAPW, “Lionheart” or “LCAP”), today announced significant progress toward securing recoveries from its portfolio of assigned claims, representing an estimated $364 billion in Paid Amount.
MSP Recovery is announcing new strategic alliances with leading law firms Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman, PLLC (“Milberg”) and Rivero Mestre, LLP , who are each committing significant resources to litigating more reimbursement recovery cases for MSP Recovery. Both firms are leaders in national and international litigation matters with focuses on complex commercial litigation, securities and financial services litigation, and class action litigation.
“Our new alliances with Milberg and Rivero Mestre will bring more litigation fire power to our continuing efforts to recover payments from payers that should have made such payments in the first place,” says John H. Ruiz, MSP Recovery Founder and CEO.
Considered the preeminent firm for mass torts and federal class actions, Milberg has recovered more than $50 billion for its clients. Rivero Mestre, led by former federal prosecutor Andres Rivero, is known for handling bet-the-house litigation for its large corporate clients. Recently, Rivero Mestre prevailed at trial in a $600 billion dispute where they successfully represented Dr. Craig Wright, who is considered by many to be the creator of Bitcoin. Rivero Mestre attorney, Amanda McGovern, has been nominated for Attorney of the Year by the Florida Legal Awards for her work in that trial.
In addition to these important strategic alliances, MSP Recovery has made significant progress towards the settlement of no-fault litigation. Various liability insurers have formally agreed to a framework to exchange data – out of court – in pursuit of a full settlement of current no-fault litigation. Notably, the data – which would not have been accessible without MSP Recovery’s litigation efforts – will be exclusively provided directly to MSP Recovery, so that MSP Recovery’s data team can match and identify recoverable claims for a possible global resolution of MSP’s assigned claim rights. These agreements include entities such as: National General Insurance Company, Allstate Insurance Company and the Kemper Group (as well as their affiliates and subsidiaries), which were ranked #13, #4 and #11, respectively, by market share in the private passenger auto liability sector of the U.S. property and casualty insurance industry by NAIC’s 2020 Market Share Reports. As part of determining whether a framework exists for a possible resolution of MSP’s assigned claim rights, MSP also has obtained claims data from Grange Mutual Casualty Company and Amica Mutual Insurance Company, which were ranked #41 and #22, respectively, by market share in private passenger auto liability sector of the U.S. property and casualty insurance industry by NAIC’s 2020 Market Share Reports.
The progress announced today follows MSP’s previously announced growth in assigned healthcare claims. As a result of such additional claims, as of December 31, 2021, MSP’s portfolio included approximately $1.5 trillion in Billed Amount (reflecting the full amount billed by a provider to a health plan or insurer) and approximately $364 billion in Paid Amount (reflecting amounts actually paid to a provider from a health plan). MSP estimates that such amounts represent approximately $87 billion in Paid Value of Potentially Recoverable Claims (which represents the estimated Paid Amount associated with claims that MSP projects as potentially recoverable).
“Today’s news shows that we continue to make strong progress in identifying recoverable claims, which is a key step towards monetizing assigned claims,” said MSP Recovery Founder and CEO, John H. Ruiz. “For example, as a result of our progress, we are currently exchanging data and exploring settlement with counterparties that represent a more than 12% market share of the private passenger auto liability sector of the U.S. property and casualty insurance industry, with more expected to follow,” said Mr. Ruiz. “We have exceeded previous projections for Paid Value of Potentially Recoverable Claims through 2026 thanks to the growing recognition by healthcare providers and payers of our sophisticated and industry-leading legal, technological, and data expertise in reimbursement recovery,” he added.
“Over the last six months, there has been a growing recognition among healthcare providers and payers of the value of MSP Recovery’s innovative and effective identification and pursuit of reimbursement recoveries on their behalf,” said Ophir Sternberg, Chairman and CEO of Lionheart.
“MSP Recovery’s ability to identify, pursue and secure new claims recoveries, incremental to the original business combination forecast, provides significant potential upside to LCAP shareholders,” added Sternberg.
About MSP Recovery
Founded in 2014, MSP Recovery has become a Medicare, Medicaid, commercial, and secondary payer reimbursement recovery leader, disrupting the antiquated healthcare reimbursement system with data-driven solutions to secure recoveries against responsible parties. MSP Recovery provides the healthcare industry with comprehensive compliance solutions, while innovating technologies designed to help save lives. For more information, visit: www.msprecovery.com.
About Lionheart Acquisition Corporation II
Lionheart Acquisition Corporation II is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. For more information, visit: www.LCAP2.com.
About Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman, PLLC
For over 50 years, Milberg and its affiliates have been protecting victims’ rights and have recovered more than $50 billion for our clients. Our attorneys possess a renowned depth of legal expertise, employ the highest ethical and legal standards, and pride ourselves on providing stellar client service. We have repeatedly been recognized as leaders in the plaintiffs’ bar and appointed to leadership roles in prominent national mass torts and class actions. Milberg’s previous litigation efforts helped to create a new era of corporate accountability that put big companies on notice. Milberg is headquartered in Tennessee, with offices in New York, London, California, Chicago, Georgia, Mississippi, Washington, Washington D.C., Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit: www.milberg.com
About Rivero Mestre, LLP
For more than twenty years, Rivero Mestre has been laser-focused on practicing business litigation at the highest levels. We have been counsel on some of the largest cases in the world. Our low volume of truly complex matters allows us to provide unparalleled quality. We know that at the heart of every one of our lawsuits, there is a knotty business problem. And, we come up with creative solutions you won’t find anywhere else. We don’t get hired to tell our clients what won’t work—we tell them what will. Our clients have called us “game changers” and tell us that we “punch above our weight.” Don’t take our word for it—see for yourself. For more information, visit: www.riveromestre.com
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Source: Lionheart Acquisition Corporation II
Released April 18, 2022