Amazon, an e-commerce company, has become the third U.S. company to be sued in the United States under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act against Cuba.
The complaint was filed Thursday in the South Florida District Court by the Miami-based law firm Cueto Law Group on behalf of Daniel Gonzalez, Prensa Latina reported.
The Helms-Burton, which codifies the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington against Cuba almost 60 years ago, was approved by the U.S. Congress and went into effect in 1996, but all administrations since then had suspended the application of Title III.
In what is considered a contradiction to international law, this Title, intended to deprive Cuba of foreign investment, grants claimant authority to Cuban Americans who were Cuban citizens at the time the properties were nationalized.
This claim against Amazon appears one day after a lawsuit has been filed under that same legal heading against American Airlines and Latam Airlines, a Chilean-Brazilian company.
Along with Amazon and American Airlines, the other U.S. Company affected by Title III claims is Carnival Cruise Lines, while several companies from other countries have also been targeted for legal action under that clause, including those trading Venezuelan oil internationally.