MIAMI–Rivero Mestre LLP filed its sixth class-action complaint today under the Helms-Burton Act against Cuban government-controlled entities and international companies seeking damages on behalf of Cuban-Americans, whose properties in Cuba were illegally confiscated by the 60-year Castro dictatorship.

The Act provides Cuban-Americans the right to sue foreign entities that wrongfully trafficked in their properties and also provides a plaintiff with treble damages against a defendant who had prior notice of the claim.

Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of class representatives Marisela Mata and Bibiana Hernandez, descendants of Antonio Mata y Alvarez, who built the San Carlos hotel in Cienfuegos in 1925 and left after the government led by Fidel Castro appropriated the hotel in 1962, as well as other plaintiffs, against the following:

  • Grupo Hotelero Gran Caribe;
  • Corporación de Comercio y Turismo Internacional Cubanacán S.A.;
  • Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A.;
  • Corporación Cimex S.A.;
  • Trivago GmbH (a German limited liability company); and
  • B.V., (a Dutch limited liability company)

Several other foreign entities have received 30-day notices of intent to sue.

Click the links below to see news coverage of these lawsuits. 

CBS Miami – Miami Family Suing Cuban Government, Spanish Hotel Chain Over Business Confiscated by Castro Regime in 1960’s

The Wall Street Journal – Expedia’s Trivago Is Sued Over Seized Cuban Hotel

The Miami Herald – Spanish Meliá company may be sued in U.S. over its use of confiscated hotel in Cuba – Law Firm Targets Trivago in Helms-Burton Lawsuit

Law 360 – Cuban Hotel Owners Sue Trivago Over Confiscated Property

The Daily Business Review – Miami Law Firm Targets Trivago in Helms-Burton Lawsuit

The Daily Business Review – Where Are All the Helms-Burton Lawsuits?

Florida Trend – Rivero Mestre Files Ground-Breaking Helms-Burton Class Action

Diario Las Américas – Presentan demanda en Miami contra Trivago al amparo de la Ley Helms-Burton

El Economista – Nueva demanda en Miami bajo la ley Helms-Burton, esta vez contra Trivago

El Nacional – Nueva demanda en Miami bajo la ley Helms-Burton, esta vez contra Trivago

Noticias SIN – Nueva demanda en Miami bajo la ley Helms-Burton, esta vez contra Trivago

Impacto Latino – Nueva demanda en Miami bajo la ley Helms-Burton, esta vez contra Trivago

La Vanguardia – Nueva demanda en EEUU bajo la ley Helms-Burton, esta vez contra Trivago

América Tevé – Se presentan las primeras demandas colectivas contra cadenas hoteleras que operan en Cuba

América Tevé Canal41 El cerco de la ley Helms-Burton sobre el régimen cubano sigue reforzándose

Radio Televisión Martí – Las Noticias Como Son, miércoles 19 de junio 19, 2019

Radio Televisión Martí – Respaldada por el Título III de Ley Helms-Burton empresa subsidiaria de Expedia es demandada

Radio Televisión Martí – Abordamos la demanda de una familia cubana contra la compañía española Meliá por operar un hotel en Cienfuegos que le fue expropiado a sus dueños originales


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