Miami judge turns Helms-Burton cutoff date into stumbling block for plaintiffs

By Vito Echevarría

The number of Helms-Burton lawsuits filed since April 2019, when President Donald Trump lifted the suspension of Title III suits against “traffickers” of confiscated property in Cuba, has been smaller than expected.

One huge stumbling block for litigants has been when they acquired their Cuba property claims. According to Helms-Burton, ownership must be obtained before the enactment of the law on March 12, 1996, but this simple requirement has been overlooked by various plaintiffs. 

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