Matthew J. Feeley, a shareholder in our Miami office, was quoted in the Cuba Standard Monthly on the topic of whether Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide may be subject to lawsuits as a result of its agreements to become the first U.S. company to manage hotels in Cuba.

Specifically, Starwood's presence in Cuba could trigger lawsuits from U.S. individuals asserting they were pre-Revolution owners of any of the Havana hotels Starwood may be managing. Plaintiffs would use the Helms-Burton Act of 1996, which targets "trafficking" of "stolen property.

"Because Title III is still in place, I think Starwood understands that it has taken a calculated risk," says Matthew Feeley of Miami law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

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