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Two airlines sued under Helms-Burton Act against Cuba

Two airlines sued under Helms-Burton Act against CubaHavana, Sep 26 (ACN) American Airlines, a US airline, and Latam Airlines, a Chilean-Brazilian one, were sued today in the United States under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act against Cuba, which aims to deprive the island of foreign investment.

The suit against both companies was filed by Rivero Mestre, a law firm based in Coral Gables, Florida, which has already presented several legal actions of this nature since the Donald Trump government enacted the law last May 2, Prensa Latina reported.
According to the website, the plaintiff is Jose Ramon Lopez Regueiro, son of Jose Lopez Vilaboy, whom the claim mentions as the former owner of Rancho Boyeros Airport, now Jose Marti International Airport, which was nationalized after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959.
The Helms-Burton Act, which codifies the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington against Cuba almost 60 years ago, was approved by the U.S. Congress and enacted in 1996, but all administrations since then had suspended the application of its Title III.
Trump's executive, as part of its growing hostility towards the Caribbean country, decided this year to activate such a clause, which allows Americans to sue people and entities, even from third countries, to invest in Cuban territory in nationalized properties after the revolutionary triumph.

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