Title III of Cuban Liberty Act delivers its first win for property rights and justice

Site of the “Carlos Marx Cement Factory,” property stolen by the Castro dictatorship at gunpoint from its legal and rightful owners.

May it be the first of many more victories and a reminder to those doing business with Cuba’s communist regime of the consequences they face when they partner up with a corrupt and murderous dictatorship.

Julio Schilling reports in El American:

Cuban Liberty Act’s Title III Pays First Lawsuit Claim

This is a victory for freedom, for property rights, and should serve as a deterrent to all that are contemplating entering into or maintaining an accomplice relationship with a brutal dictatorship

anctions and embargos against dictatorships do work and are necessary. This is so for practical, strategical, and moral reasons. Arguably, the biggest heist of United States property in history, $8 billion worth in current value consisting of approximately 6,000 American citizens and companies, was executed by Cuban communism.

For the Cuban nationals that were ripped off by the 1959 communist takeover, the numbers of victims were far greater. According to Cuban writer, Carlos Alberto Montaner, in a 2015 article analyzing the cost of Cuba’s socialist revolution put the total figure at roughly 2, 055, 214 establishments including homes, businesses, farms/ranches, and factories. Considering that Cuba’s population in 1959 was 6,000,500 inhabitants, the per capita theft was immense. Finally, thanks to the Trump Administration’s activating Title III of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act (“Liberty Act”, a/k/a Helms-Burton) for the first time since the law’s enactment in 1996, a claim was paid out to afflicted Cuban American litigants.

Title III, one of the four sections of the Liberty Act, allows Americans and Cuban Americans to seek in United States courts, indemnification for trafficked properties which were seized by the Cuban Marxists on or after January 1, 1959. In October 2020, the Claflin family (heirs and estates) sued LafargeHolcim, a Swiss multinational building materials manufacturing company. LafargeHolcim made the mistake of venturing into a business deal with Cuba’s dictatorship in 2000. The “Carlos Marx” cement plant, a renamed and rehashed confiscated family business that belonged to the Clafins.

Originally and lawfully known as the “Compañía Azucarera Soledad” (Soledad Property), the closely held corporation was involved in the sugar business, as well as in cattle raising and dairy farming in the Province of Las Villas. The Soledad Property, pirated by the Castro regime on August 6th, 1960, included a sugar mill, 31 miles of narrow-gauge railroad with steam locomotives, resting on more than 27,000 acres of prime land. The Swiss global giant decided to partner with Cuban communism, invested in the “Carlos Marx” cement plant and profited from this business venture on plundered land.

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