Suit Challenges Florida Law Barring Governments from Hiring Companies with Ties to Cuba
Posted Jun 6, 2012 7:35 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A construction company has filed a lawsuit challenging a Florida law that bars state and local governments from hiring companies that have economic ties to Cuba and Syria.
The suit was filed in Miami federal court on Monday by a Florida-based subsidiary of the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, report Reuters, the Miami Herald and the Associated Press. The law applies only to contracts worth at least $1 million.
Odebrecht, which is upgrading the Cuban Port of Mariel through a different subsidiary, claims the law is unconstitutional because it sets foreign policy, a power reserved to the federal government.