A 95-year-old woman who said her family owned a portion of the Varadero beachfront in Cuba before the communist revolution said she will file a federal suit in Miami, July 8, against the Paris-based Club Med resort chain for building and operating a luxury hotel on land she said the Castro regime attempted to confiscate in the 1960s.
Elvira de la Vega Glen said she fled Cuba in the 1960s and became a U.S. citizen after coming to Miami.
She and her son, Robert Glen, allege Club Med made millions of dollars running the 337-room, Club Med Varadero resort from 1997 until last year, when Grupo Pinero, a Spanish hotel firm, purchased it.
The Glens’ complaint alleges Club Med took advantage of valuable, confiscated property to build the luxury hotel and was thus “unjustly enriched,” in violation of Florida law.
The complaint also alleges Club Med violated the federal “Trading with the Enemy Act,” and U.S. Department of Treasury regulations applicable to firms attempting to trade with the Cuban government, in violation of the economic embargo.
The Glens said the Washington, D.C. law firm of Crowell & Moring represents them.
Local counsel is the Miami-based firm of Podhurst Orseck, which represented the families of Americans shot down and killed by the Cuban Air Force as part of the “Brothers to the Rescue” case.
Club Med has not yet issued a statement on the case.