Victim's Family Seeks $400M In Cuban Tobacco Assets

By Nick Brown (September 2, 2009, 4:40 PM EDT) -- Plaintiffs in a wrongful execution case against the Republic of Cuba are going after the country's blocked assets, namely Cuban tobacco trademarks, to satisfy their $400 million award.

In a notice of removal to federal court Tuesday, impleader defendants Empresa Cubana del Tabaco (Cubatabaco) and Empresa Cubana Exportadora de Alimentos y Productos Varios (Cubaexport) said they were added to the case's list of defendants so that the plaintiffs could sell their trademarks to collect on $400 million in damages against Cuba.

A Florida state court issued an amended default ruling in 2007 awarding plaintiffs, led by Florida resident Jeannette Hausler, $400...

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