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State won't enforce Fla. Cuba contracts law

Posted at 7:08 PM, Sep 05, 2013
and last updated 2014-08-26 14:10:50-04

 MIAMI (AP) - The state of Florida has agreed not enforce a law - ruled unconstitutional by federal courts - that tried to ban companies from bidding on government contracts if they also do business in Cuba or Syria.


      The Florida Department of Transportation confirmed Thursday that it will not contest the June ruling by a federal appeals court.


      The Miami Herald reports that FDOT and Odebrecht USA - the Coral Gables-based firm that challenged the law - agreed last month to allow the federal trial court that struck down the legislation last year to enter a permanent injunction against the law. A preliminary injunction had been in place since June 2012.


      Odebrecht is a subsidiary of a Brazilian company that has another unit doing work in Cuba's port of Mariel.