Suits Filed Against Carnival Cruises, Cuban Firms Over Seized Property In Cuba

Following a Trump administration policy change, Exxon Mobil and two Florida individuals sued companies for using property they said was confiscated by the Cuban government.
William Behn, grandfather of Mickael Behn, meets with Cuban authorities in the Havana Docks office on Nov. 21, 1960. Source: Courtesy of Behn family archives

Mickael Behn isn't Cuban. Neither is his family. But their connection to Cuba dates to 1917, when his great-grandfather bought prime Havana harbor property from the Cuban government. Behn's grandfather took over the commercial business in 1947 and ran the Havana Docks Corp. until mid-November 1960.

Fidel Castro's revolutionary army had overthrown the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista the year before. But on Nov. 21, 1960, two armed men barged into Behn's grandfather's office on the

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