FOIA case over “acoustic attacks” drags on

An anti-secrecy group and New Yorker magazine today agreed to narrow the scope of their Freedom of Information Act request for documents about the purported sonic or acoustic attacks in Havana. In May, the State Department said it had found 135,000 records in response to the FOIA request and it would process the documents at … Read more

Lawyers wrangle over “illegal trafficking” of property

Lawyers for a Jacksonville family whose businesses were confiscated in Cuba before the revolution urged a federal judge today not to dismiss their lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines. Javier Garcia-Bengochea, a Jacksonville neurosurgeon, sued the cruise company on May 2, saying it was “illegally trafficking” in the waterfront properties that his family owned in Santiago … Read more

One-two punch against Expedia

On June 18, a Florida family sued trivago, a German travel services company, for “unlawful trafficking” in a hotel they owned before the Cuban revolution. The family of Antonio Mata y Alvarez says trivago, which is spelled with a lowercase t, benefited from the Hotel San Carlos in Cienfuegos and “scores of properties like it.” … Read more

When the oilman comes calling

Exxon Mobil Corp. is suing Corporación CIMEX and the Unión Cuba-Petróleo, or CUPET, for “unlawful trafficking” of properties that Cuban authorities confiscated in 1960. Total damages could exceed $6 billion, which is more than the Cuban companies are worth. Exxon’s lawsuit, filed May 2 in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., states: CIMEX uses and … Read more

Class-action lawsuit targets Cuban tourism

Heirs of the family that once owned the Hotel San Carlos in Cienfuegos are suing Cuban tourism companies for their “unlawful trafficking” of the property. Antonio Mata y Alvarez built the hotel in June 1925. The lawsuit states: He and his son ran it and built up its good will and fame until Fidel Castro … Read more