A company that owned the cruise terminal in Havana prior to its 1960 confiscation by the Castro government has filed suit seeking damages from Carnival Corp.

The suit was filed in federal court in Miami by Havana Docks Corp. pursuant to the Libertad Act, better known as the Helms-Burton Act of 1996.

Trump administration officials recently moved to end a longstanding federal policy that suspended the right to sue under the act's provisions, clearing the way for lawsuits.

The 1996 act was intended to prevent companies from "trafficking" in property confiscated by the Castro government after the Cuban Revolution.

While it seeks damages, the suit does not ask the court to stop Carnival Corp. or its brands from sailing to Cuba.

Carnival chief communications officer Roger Frizzell said the company is continuing with its normal cruise schedule to Cuba.

In the suit, Havana Docks said it is the rightful owner of the Havana Cruise Port Terminal, which it "continually owned, possessed and used" from 1917 until 1960.

The suit says that by launching sailings from Miami to Cuba starting in 2016, Carnival "profited" from the Cuban government's possession of the property.

The suit doesn't say how much it expects Carnival to pay, but it lays out several formulas for compensation.

In a statement, CLIA said that cruise lines sailing to Cuba have a proper defense against lawsuits under Helms-Burton. 

"Cruising to Cuba falls under the lawful travel exemption under Title 3 of the Helms-Burton Act," CLIA said. "Our cruise members have been and are now engaged in lawful travel to Cuba as expressly authorized by the U.S. federal government."


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