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Case Name Sanchez v. Carnival Corporation PA-FL-0001
Docket / Court 1:16-cv-21319-MGC ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Public Accomm./Contracting
Case Summary
On April 12, 2016, two Cuban-born Americans filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Carnival Corporation and Fathom Travel Corporation. The plaintiffs sued under 42 U.S.C. §2000.

The plaintiffs alleged the defendants did ... read more >
On April 12, 2016, two Cuban-born Americans filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Carnival Corporation and Fathom Travel Corporation. The plaintiffs sued under 42 U.S.C. §2000.

The plaintiffs alleged the defendants did not allow Cuban-born persons to board its cruise line to Cuba. The lawsuit alleges that this policy violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by refusing service based on national origin. The plaintiffs requested a jury trial for all issues and demanded the court enjoin the defendant’s conduct.

The case was assigned to Judge Marcia Cooke.

On April 28, 2016, the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit after Carnival changed its discriminatory policies and began taking reservations from Cuban-born Americans on trips to Cuba. Cuba also changed its law to allow Cuban-Americans to arrive by ship.

This case is closed.

Ginny Lee - 01/26/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Defendant-type
Transportation
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
General
Transportation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Race, unspecified
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Defendant(s) Carnival Corporation
Plaintiff Description The plaintiffs are Cuban-born Americans who were denied a ticket to Cuba.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Case Closing Year 2016
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:16-cv-21319 (S.D. Fla.)
PA-FL-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/03/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint [ECF# 1]
PA-FL-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/12/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Cooke, Marcia G. (E.D. Mich., S.D. Fla.)
PA-FL-0001-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Lopez, Javier Asis (Florida)
PA-FL-0001-0001 | PA-FL-0001-9000
Moncada, Stephanie (Florida)
PA-FL-0001-0001 | PA-FL-0001-9000
Rodriguez, Robert William (Florida)
PA-FL-0001-0001 | PA-FL-0001-9000
Tucker Ronzetti, Thomas A. (Florida)
PA-FL-0001-0001 | PA-FL-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lapointe, Markenzy (Florida)
PA-FL-0001-9000
Singer, Stuart Harold (Florida)
PA-FL-0001-9000
Suarez, Luis Eduardo (Florida)
PA-FL-0001-9000
Zack, Stephen N (Florida)
PA-FL-0001-9000

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