Miami judge ruled against four cruise companies
This Monday four cruise companies were sentenced, because they carried out illegal activities towards Cuba. Reported the journalist Nora Gámez Torres, from Miami Herald.
The magistrate indicated that the Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises companies participated in "prohibited tourism" and "trafficking activities" towards the Caribbean island.
“By using the Terminal and one of its piers in various ways, Carnival, MSC SA, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian committed acts of trafficking,” concluded US District Judge Beth Bloom.
Judge found that cruise companies made $1100 billion in profits
In his ruling, the arbitrator indicated that the cruise companies made profits valued at $1100 billion.
He indicated that the company Havana Docks, which had a concession to operate the port of Havana, and that they were harmed by this situation.
Four major cruise lines “committed trafficking acts” when they carried passengers to Havana and used port facilities that had been confiscated by Fidel Castro's government in 1960, judge ruled. https://t.co/MZ0OCPCKds
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“The court provided a careful and meticulous analysis of the evidence and the law,” said Havana Docks attorneys Bob Martinez and Stephanie Casey, partners at the Colson Hicks Eidson law firm in Coral Gables.
Case will now go to a jury trial
The judge indicated that now the next step is to go to trial, with a jury to find out if there was damage and prejudice on the part of the companies.
"Havana Docks is satisfied with the ruling and awaits a trial for damages." The case will now go to a jury trial, already scheduled for May, which will decide what damages the cruise lines must pay," a company spokesman said.
Following the ruling, a spokesman for Norwegian Cruise Holdings said the company would not comment on pending litigation.
Author: Daniel Parra 7:03 am