DC Circ. Voids $200M Judgment In Cuba Torture Row

Law360, Los Angeles (January 2, 2015, 7:26 PM EST) -- The D.C. Circuit has refused to let a man who was allegedly tortured while incarcerated in Cuba in the early 1970s execute a $200 million default judgment upon patents and trademark registrations issued to nearly two dozen Cuban research institutes and enterprises, voiding the judgment.

The appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a district court’s denial of Nilo Jerez’s request, siding with Centro de Bioactivos Quimicos, Centro de Histoterapia Placentaria, Centro de Ingeniera Genetica y Biotecnologia and other entities that he alleged were agencies of the Republic of Cuba. The appeals court decided that, because Jerez's claims didn't fall under the noncommercial tort...

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