'Once again a US court judge dismissed a lawsuit based on Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, this time against Norwegian Cruise. The blockade is a violation of international law,' Cuban Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca posted on Twitter.
Nuevamente una jueza de una Corte de #EEUU desestimó una demanda basada en titulo III ley Helms Burton, esta vez contra empresa de cruceros Norwegian Cruise. Bloqueo va contra el derecho internacional. @cubavsbloqueo #NoMasBloqueo @MINCEX_CUBA pic.twitter.com/GVTuNT4M2r— Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz (@R_Malmierca) January 8, 2020
Judge Beth Bloom yesterday dismissed the lawsuit in Miami, Florida, with prejudice, which means that the court made a final ruling on the merits of the case and therefore, the plaintiff is barred from bringing another legal action based on the same grounds.
Havana Docks Corp, a company that claims to be the 'rightful owner of certain commercial real estate' in Havana's Port, filed a lawsuit on August 27 against Norwegian Cruise, MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean for the use of that infrastructure.
A day earlier, the US judge also dismissed the complaint against MSC Cruises on the same grounds.
Passed by the US Congress in 1996, the Helms-Burton Act codifies the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington against Cuba for almost 60 years.
On April 17, 2019, United States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the full implementation of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act, or the Helms-Burton Act. “For the first time,” as of May 2, 2019, “claimants [can] . . . bring lawsuits [under Title III] against persons trafficking in property . . . confiscated by the Cuban regime.”
The announcement represented the first time a presidential administration did not suspend Title III’s private right of action, since the enactment of the Libertad Act on March 12, 1996. This administration’s stated policy goal in effectuating Title III was to increase global pressure on the promotion of democracy in Cuba and the region. The announcement coincided with the administration’s increased efforts to stifle support, including Cuba’s support, for the Maduro Government in Venezuela.
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