A Miami Condominium Complex Resident Files A Class Action Lawsuit After It Collapses
A resident of the Miami condominium complex (Champlain Towers) that collapsed on June 24, 2021, killed at least 11 people—a few more currently missing—has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the victims seeking compensation for their unfathomable loss.
Manuel Drezner filed the class action lawsuit in Miami-Dade County on Thursday evening, only 22 hours after the fatal collapse that occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m., as per NBC News.
Meanwhile, CNN reported that the plaintiff is a resident of Champlain Towers South, a 12-story condominium building in Surfside that collapsed during the morning hours of Thursday, instantly reducing 55 of the building’s 136 units to rubble. As of now, 11 persons have been confirmed killed, while 150 are currently missing.
He asserts that Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, Inc. failed to secure the building properly that eventually resulted in the building’s collapse. Therefore, endangering the lives and property of the occupants and visitors.
The lawsuit states that, at all relevant times, the defendant was aware—or should have been aware—that the plaintiff and Class members’ lives and property were at risk as a result of the lack of safeguards.
Manuel Drezner v. Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, Inc.
According to the lawsuit, its parties reserve the right to amend the file as additional information becomes available, including further fatalities. Moreover, its objective is to compensate the victims of this tragedy.
Officials have not yet determined the cause of the collapse. However, a 2018 engineering report raised concerns about the building’s integrity.
The Champlain Towers South Condominium Association Inc. apparently promised condominium residents in an agreement attached to the class action that it would “maintain, repair, and replace” all components of the units that contribute to the building’s support, including load-bearing columns. The class action asserts that the contract was violated.
Donna Berger, an attorney representing Champlain Towers South Condominium Association Inc., told NBC News that it was disappointing that a class action lawsuit was being pursued when almost 100 neighbors remain unaccounted for.
Furthermore, she said that the building’s community had been struck by a tragedy and while determining who was responsible was crucial, search and rescue took priority.
NBC News was notified that an engineer was recently hired to undergo a 40-year recertification process as Champlain Towers South was constructed in 1981. The process includes an examination of the building’s structural integrity. Moreover, residents have the right to sue if their units were built with faults.
Editor’s Note on Champlain Towers Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This article is written to advise you of the Champlain Towers South tragedy and the class action lawsuit that follows it.
Case Name & No.: Manuel Drezner v. Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, Inc., 2021
Jurisdiction: 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
Products/Services: Condominium complex
Allegations: Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, Inc. allegedly failed to safeguard the building properly to protect and secure its residents
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