It is already possible to sue Cuban companies in US courts
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- 03 / 20 / 2019
Starting today March 19, as announced by the Department of State, US citizens, including Cuban-Americans, may sue Cuban companies on the island in US courts.
According to the announcement, as of this date US citizens have "the right to initiate an action against a Cuban entity or sub-entity identified by its name in the List of Restricted Entities and Sub-entities of the Department of State Associated with Cuba ( known as the Restricted Cuba List), which can be updated periodically ".
This list was updated for the last time on March 12 and includes the majority of Cuban companies managed by the military, among which are ministries such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces or the Ministry of the Interior or corporations such as CIMEX, Habaguanex or GAESA. .
These new possibilities come as a result of the Trump administration allowing a section of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act to enter into effect this month, which allows the protection of property rights in Cuba, creating the opportunity to sue those that they "traffic" with the properties confiscated as a result of the triumph of the Revolution.
However, on March 4, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Helms-Burton's title III would be suspended for one month because it was in the "national interests" of the United States and would accelerate a "transition to democracy "in Cuba.
After the announcement, the renowned Cuban alcoholic beverage company Bacardi, which left Cuba after the triumph of the 1959 Revolution, began to demand its right to seek justice for the confiscation of its properties in Cuba almost 60 years ago.
"We support the right and ability of those affected to seek justice and prevent further trafficking of stolen property," the company said.
The measure announced by the State Department comes as a reprisal, since Cuba has given unconditional support to Nicolás Maduro in the middle of the humanitarian crisis that Venezuela is experiencing.