On Aug. 27, a Kentucky company sued a cruise operator, saying it was “trafficking” in confiscated property and demanding damages of $503,234,453.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Beth Bloom dismissed the case “with prejudice,” meaning it can’t be brought back to court.
Havana Docks Corporation, at 215 Southland Drive in Lexington, Kentucky, had claimed that Cuba’s socialist government had “participated in and profited from” its possession of the property – the Havana Cruise Port Terminal – without the original owner’s permission.
Havana Docks said that on or about Dec. 10, 2018, MSC Cruises SA had “knowingly and intentionally commenced, conducted, and promoted their commercial cruise line business to Cuba using the Subject Property by regularly embarking and disembarking their passengers on the Subject Property without the authorization of Plaintiff or any U.S. national who holds a claim to the Subject Property.”
Bloom said that wasn’t accurate, writing:
Plaintiff is the rightful owner only of a time-limited concession that expired in 2004.
MSC Cruises is based in Switzerland and touts itself as the “world’s largest privately-owned cruise line.” Its Florida address is 6750 N. Andrews Ave., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale.
Havana Docks is also suing Carnival Cruise Lines, based in Doral, Florida. That case is scheduled to go to trial in October in Miami before the same judge.