Despite having the Obama administration’s approval, all of these cruise lines knew wherever they docked their ships in socialist Cuba was stolen property. Nevertheless, they expected the reward of increased revenue to be higher than the legal risks of trafficking in stolen property. They are likely rethinking that risk assessment right now.
Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, MSC now face Cuba lawsuits
Five new lawsuits have been filed against cruise lines under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which deals with the trafficking of stolen property in Cuba.
Two Florida businessmen who hold claims to cruise docks in Havana and Santiago de Cuba that were nationalized after the 1959 revolution are going after Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MSC Cruises following their earlier suits filed against Carnival Corp.
This comes close on the heels of a federal judge’s denial of Carnival’s motion to dismiss one of the suits which, as predicted by John Kavulich, president of the New York-based US-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, has led to further Helms-Burton cases.
‘Plaintiff attorneys are feeling confident,’ Kavulich said Tuesday.
Mickael Behn of Havana Docks Corp. has now also filed against RCL, NCLH and MSC for using the Havana Cruise Terminal, while Javier Garcia-Bengochea added claims against RCL and NCLH for using the Santiago cruise facilities.
Both seek compensation for use of the properties.
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