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Suit Challenges Florida Law Barring Governments from Hiring Companies with Ties to Cuba

Posted Jun 6, 2012 8:35 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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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.

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