Except as otherwise provided in this section, any person that, after the end of the 3-month period beginning on the effective date of this title, traffics in property which was confiscated by the Cuban Government on or after January 1, 1959, shall be liable to any United States national who owns the claim to such property for money damages
This is a textbook case for Section 1292(b) certification. Plaintiff brought among the first ever suits under the Helms-Burton Act. 22 U.S.C. § 6021 et seq. Plaintiff’s Complaint required the Court to disregard normal principles of corporate law and hold that under Helms-Burton a plaintiff can make a claim not only for his or her own assets but also for the assets of a foreign corporation for which he or she was a shareholder. The Court’s order finding that Bengochea can make a claim for the subject property, despite the undisputed fact that this property was owned by La Maritima, S.A., a Cuban entity, was not only unprecedented as to corporate law, but it was also the first ever direct judicial treatment of Helms-Burton. Carnival respectfully requests this Court amend its August 26, 2019 Order to certify this discrete issue for interlocutory appeal pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b). Allowing for an interlocutory appeal here would allow the Court of Appeals to answer this threshold legal question at the outset and potentially avoid the expenditure of further resources by the Court and the parties. Accordingly, certification is proper.
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