According to the Mexican El Universal newspaper, Judge Michael Moore ruled, in a cautionary measure, that the law is in conflict with the authority of federal government to establish foreign policy and would mean interfering in foreign affairs, traditionally the prerogative of the executive power.
The ruling backed Odebrecht Inc, a local subsidiary of the Brazilian giant Odebrecht Construction, which filed a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), arguing that the law was unconstitutional in terms of attempting to set foreign policy.
Odebrecht Inc. is currently involved in upgrading the Cuban port of Mariel and the new law would prohibit state and local governmental agencies from awarding the company contracts to the value of at least one million dollars.
In its lawsuit, the company argued that the law would prevent it from competing for bids worth $3.4 billion in FDOT contracts this year, and that the company had already suffered irreparable damage because the law had scared off possible trading partners and employees.
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the law in May during a ceremony in Miami and subsequently appeared to retract it by issuing a statement suggesting that the law was unconstitutional.
The legislation was also sponsored by two federal legislators and by an almost unanimous majority in the state legislature. A new hearing has not been fixed, and the judge instructed the two parties to work toward a resolution.