Lawyer: Exile’s rights to Cuban airport “extinguished” after seizure

A lawsuit accused two airlines of “trafficking” in the property where Cuba’s largest airport now stands is set for trial starting on Nov. 23 in Miami. Marcia G. Cooke, the first female African-American federal judge in Florida, is presiding over the case. The family of José López Vilaboy claims to be the rightful owner of … Read more

Case against Carnival set for trial

A lawsuit accusing Carnival Cruise Lines of “trafficking” in confiscated property in Cuba is scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 26 in Miami. On Aug. 27, U.S. District Court Judge Beth Bloom denied Carnival’s May 30 request to dismiss the case. Havana Docks Corp. sued Carnival on May 2, accusing the company of “trafficking” … 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

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