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First lawsuit filed in wake of tragic Surfside building collapse

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Rescue workers search in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo, Friday, June 25, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. The seaside condominium tower collapsed on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The first lawsuit has been filed in the wake of the tragic Champlain Towers building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

The lawsuit was filed on Thursday on behalf of Manuel Drezner and attorney Brad Sohn of The Brad Sohn Law Firm.  The suit is a class-action lawsuit against the building association for failing to “properly protect the lives and property,” of those affected by the collapse the suit says.

Several reports including one from the condo association’s lawyer, attorney Ken Direktor, reported that ‘repair needs had been identified’ but were not implemented before the collapse.

The firm is seeking $5 million in restitution and recovery of damages for those affected by the collapse as well as the cost of attorney fees.

So far four people have been reported dead while 159 people are still missing.

Search and rescue efforts are still in progress.

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