Carnival Corporation Seeks Court Permission To Appeal To Eleventh Circuit As To Claim Ownership

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
MIAMI DIVISION
CASE NO.: 19-cv-21725-KING

JAVIER GARCIA-BENGOCHEA,
Plaintiff,
v.
CARNIVAL CORPORATION d/b/a/ CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE, a foreign corporation,
Defendant.

Introduction

"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."

LINK To Carnival Corporation's Motion For Certification For Interlocutory Appeal

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