The class action suit brought by the Berman Law Group in Florida against the Chinese Communist Party has so far signed up 10,000 people, including grieving family members of those who have died after contracting COVID-19 and healthcare workers who have suffered as a result of a lack of personal protective equipment.

Jeremy Alters, the chief strategist behind the lawsuit in Florida, told 60 Minutes getting China to pay up is about taking accountability for the tragic human and economic devastated that has crippled the world.

“We are now in the depth of this economic and human crisis that could have been mostly prevented, if not all prevented,” Alters told 60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown.

“This lawsuit is based on the fact that [China] knew about this virus. They failed to contain the virus. They failed to let us know in a timely fashion about the virus and have unleashed hell on our communities, on our countries, the United States, Australia and everywhere else.”