Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Carnival Corp fails to get Cuba cruise lawsuit dismissed

Carnival Corp has failed to get a lawsuit filed under the controversial Helms-Burton Act tossed.

A federal judge in Miami ruled the lawsuit can move forward - and the decision has now opened the floodgates for other lawsuits.

Javier Garcia-Bengochea, a descendant of a Cuban business owner, is seeking reparations from the cruise company for using a facility which was forcibly nationalized during the Cuban revolution.

Carnival Corp sought to dismiss the case as it claims it had full permission from the U.S. Treasury Department to operate in Cuba but Judge James Lawrence King said there was enough doubt about that to let it move forward.

Carnival will contest this and another similar lawsuit.

"We believe that we operated within the approved government process regarding Cuba.  We look forward to proving the merits of our case," said Carnival rep Roger Frizzell.

The decision opened the door for Garcia-Bengochea to also file lawsuits against Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., Royal Caribbean International and MSC Cruises.

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