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

Carnival Cruise Lines punches holes in Title III case

On May 2, Havana Docks Corp. sued Carnival Cruise Lines for “trafficking” in confiscated property. But Carnival says it was doing nothing illegal in Cuba and the lawsuit should be dismissed. Havana Docks, located at 215 Southland Drive in Lexington, Kentucky, contends it is the rightful owner of waterfront property at the Havana Cruise Port … Read more

State Department’s FOIA processing time: A blistering 37 years

The State Department has located 135,000 records in response to a Freedom of Information request demanding information about the medical and health problems that U.S. government employees reported in Cuba. The James Madison Project and New Yorker magazine in February sued the State Department for disclosure of information about the supposed “acoustic attacks.” See Lawyer: … Read more