Suing the Republic of Cuba and its Marxist government in a SouthFlorida civil court might once have been dismissed as aheadline-grabbing publicity stunt or, at the very most, purely apolitical statement.

Then, that all seemed to change last year after a Miami federal judgeawarded $187.5 million to the families of three Miami pilots for theBrothers to the Rescue exile group who were shot down by Cuba in 1996.Sympathetic plaintiffs. A black-hat defendant � the Cuban government �that doesn’t even bother to show up for trial. Million-dollarjudgments. It’s the kind of recipe that usually makes trial lawyersqueue up outside of courthouses.

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