The Spanish José Ramón López , son and heir of the owner of the Havana airport when this was confiscated during the cuban revolution, has presented Wednesday a complaint in the courts of Florida against two airlines, American Airlines and Latam , under the full application of the Helms Burton act, which regulates the however. The claimant is studying to expand that demand, in a second phase, Iberia and Air Europa, which back Cuba but for the moment, are not included. American Airlines has its registered office in the united States and Latam in Chile.
Lopez, 65 years old, lived in Spain until July, when he moved to the united states to bring these claims. For this he has hired the services of the law firm Rivero Mestre, the 11th of September, you will already be included in another lawsuit against a number of hospitality businesses including the Spanish Meliá. The difference of the new lawsuit is accusing two airlines of dealing with expropriated property in the grounds of the international airport, necessary for their flights.
"All of those companies are going to have to recognize at the end that the properties that benefit are legally ours," he told ABC Lopez, who is cuban-born and has dual nationality, Spanish and american. A court in Florida has recognized Lopez as the legitimate heir of José López Vilaboy, a businessman close to the dictator Fulgencio Batista, owner of the airport, Rancho Boyeros Havana —today José Martí— and the national airline.
The us president, Donald Trump , allowed in may for the first time in history, between in force the totality of the law of the embargo, known as Helms-Burton, including elTítulo III, which authorizes lawsuits to foreign companies that do business in Cuba through contracts with state-owned enterprises controlled by the communist regime. This has allowed a series of lawsuits against companies like Expedia, Trivago, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Travelocit and Booking.
The american diplomacy has begun to apply stricter another section of the law, however: the Title IV, that allows you to terminate the visa of visit or residence in the U.S. to executives of companies that do business in Cuba.
According to recently said on ABC Carrie Filipetti , deputy secretary for Venezuela and Cuba from the us State department, "of Title IV has always been in place, what happens now is that we have increased the number of investigations under that same title. And though I can not go into details due to confidentiality laws, I can say that we have imposed a number of visa restrictions against multiple companies by the same section". The State department has not revealed if there are any Spanish manager affected by the measure.Updated Date: 26 September 2019, 08:01