PayPal, an American company operating a worldwide online payments system, was sanction by a German court for applying the laws of the U.S. blockade on Cuba in the judicial area of this European country, something that is illegal.
In an emergency procedure, the Provincial Court of the German city of Dortmund forced the PayPal European subsidiary located in Luxembourg to unfreeze the accounts of a client in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
According to the ruling, the court sentenced PayPal to pay the client about 250,000 Euros if the company does not unfreeze immediately the account.
At the same time, the judges of the third civil chamber prohibited PayPal to freeze the client’s accounts for having used the words “Cuba” or “Cuban” in relation with the laws of the blockade.
Proticket, a supplying company for tickets, sold in late 2015 the tickets for the musical comedy “Soy de Cuba” and a concert by Cuban singer, Addys Mercedes.
In late November, PayPal blocked the Proticket account, through which the clients of the company had paid those tickets.
PayPal, meanwhile, justified the measure arguing that it was because of the laws of the U.S. blockade against Cuba.
In accordance with the online payment company, the European subsidiary is also forced to comply with these U.S. sanctions.
In view of this procedure, Proticket sued Paypal and won at first instance.
In recent years, the company repeatedly blocked accounts of German clients, arguing with the Trading with the Enemy Act (1963), the Torricelli Act (1992) and the Helms Burton Act (1996).