On October 10, 2018, Poblete Tamargo LLP (“PT Law”) filed a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) lawsuit against the Department of State in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for records requested more than five years ago related to U.S.-Cuba property claims. The FOIA lawsuit stems from two FOIA records requests for records, one filed in 2014 and the other in 2015, submitted to the Department of State before the U.S. and Cuba normalized diplomatic relations. The FOIA suit is part of PT Law’s ongoing commitment to helping resolve property claims and disputes for their clients, assisting other counsel handling complex international claims law cases, particularly in the Cuba context (a claims program that should’ve been resolved decades ago), and educating interested parties about claims law. How these claims are settled in Cuba will impact well beyond this dispute.
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Additional Reading and Background
- State Department Records Reveal Cuba Still Owes Billions to U.S. Taxpayers; Property Claims No Closer to Resolution, PT Law Press Release (June 12, 2020).
- Foreign Investment in Cuba Might Be At Risk If US Allows Lawsuits Over Confiscated Property, The Miami Herald, (Feb. 21, 2019).
- PT Law v. DOS (complaint copy) and Press Release: PT Files Suit Against State for Documents From 4 Year Old FOIA Request (Oct. 10, 2018).