Reuters: Florida judge blocks law targeting firms with Cuba, Syria ties
(Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge in Miami has temporarily blocked Florida from enforcing a state law set to go into effect on July 1 barring companies that do business in Cuba or Syria from bidding for state and local government contracts.
U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore granted a preliminary injunction on Monday evening in a lawsuit filed by the South Florida-based subsidiary of Brazilian construction and engineering conglomerate Odebrecht challenging the law.
The Brazilian firm, which has been awarded nearly $4 billion in contracts from Florida state agencies and local governments since 1990, sued the state earlier this month claiming the law violates the U.S. Constitution.
The company argues the federal government, not states, have the authority to enact laws involving foreign policy.
The Florida law would prohibit state and local governments from awarding contracts of $1 million or more to any company that conducts business in Cuba or Syria. Both countries are designated by the United States as state sponsors of terrorism.
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