Judge demands explanation in Cuba case

A federal judge earlier this month ordered the State Department to explain why it has been so slow to produce records related to the acoustic incidents that injured U.S. diplomats in Havana. New Yorker magazine and a watchdog group, the James Madison Project, sued the State Department in February 2019 for documents about the incidents. … Read more

U.S.: FOIA requests about acoustic incidents “not mission critical”

New Yorker magazine and a watchdog group sued the State Department in February 2019 for documents related to unexplained acoustic incidents that injured U.S. diplomats in Havana. (See “Documents will be available in the year 2073“). But the State Department says it has made very little headway in processing FOIA documents over the past nine … Read more

Lawyers: Human trafficking claims “grossly inaccurate”

A class-action lawsuit alleges that the Pan American Health Organization has collected more than $75 million “by enabling, managing, and enforcing illegal human trafficking of Cuban medical professionals in Brazil.” Lawyers for the PAHO argue that the trafficking claims “are grossly inaccurate” and “bear almost no resemblance to reality.” Undeterred, lawyers for four Cuban doctors … Read more

Was lawsuit over Cuban doctors a publicity stunt?

A lawsuit accusing the Pan American Health Organization of “enabling, managing and enforcing illegal human trafficking of Cuban medical professionals in Brazil” has been stalled since June. A debate over jurisdiction has caused some delays. The PAHO wants the case transferred to Washington, D.C., where the organization is based. Lawyers for Cuban doctors who sued … Read more

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