A South Florida federal judge has made permanent a ruling that strikes down a state law banning companies from bidding on government contracts if they also do business in Cuba or Syria.
The two-page ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore was a formality after state officials announced they would not enforce the law. Moore earlier declared the law unconstitutional because it impinges on the federal government's supremacy in setting foreign policy. That ruling was upheld by a federal appeals court.
The law was successfully challenged by Coral Gables-based Odebrecht USA, part of a Brazilian construction conglomerate that also has a unit doing work at the Cuban port of Mariel. Odebrecht said the law could have cost it billions of dollars in potential contracts in Florida.