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Company suing Florida over Cuban ties law

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM

A South Florida subsidiary of a Brazilian engineering company is challenging a new Florida law that bans governments from hiring companies with business ties to Cuba.

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/MwSZTv) reports that Odebrecht contends the law - which takes effect July 1 - is unenforceable and unconstitutional because it sets foreign policy. The lawsuit was filed in Miami federal court.

The newspaper reports a subsidiary of Odebrecht Construction Inc's parent company is doing work on the Cuban Port of Mariel. The new law would prohibit state and local government agencies from awarding contracts worth at least US$1 million to Odebrecht.

Governor Rick Scott signed the law during a ceremony at Miami's Freedom Tower. The legislation was sponsored by two Miami-Dade County Republicans and was nearly unanimously supported by state lawmakers.

- AP