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State attempts to block class action in challenge to the trans treatment law

Attorneys for the state are trying to fend off an attempt to create a class-action lawsuit out of a challenge to new restrictions on treatments for transgender people.

The state on Monday filed a 28-page court document urging U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle to reject certification of a class action in a lawsuit filed on behalf of children and adults seeking such treatments.

The lawsuit challenges a new law (SB 254), championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, that banned doctors from providing treatments such as hormone therapy and puberty blockers to children. The law also put restrictions on treatments for adults diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

A revised version of the lawsuit, filed July 21, sought class certification.

The lawsuit breaks down types of plaintiffs into three potential classes, depending on whether plaintiffs are children or adults and certain other circumstances. In each class, it said “common questions of law and fact exist” to support class certification.

But in the document filed Monday, attorneys for the state argued that class certification is “entirely inappropriate” in the case, in part because of what they said are varying factors involving plaintiffs.

“There are no common legal or factual questions in any of the plaintiffs’ three proposed classes that could conceivably counsel in favor of class-certification,” the document said.

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