In a case with international political intrigue, a state appellate court Wednesday resurrected a $72 million theft claim against two Latin American bankers, including a top opponent of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The Third District Court of Appeal in Miami found Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola should not have dismissed the case on forum grounds when she ruled the case should have been pursued in the Caribbean nation of Curacao.

The unanimous panel—with a specially concurring opinion by Chief Judge Frank A. Shepherd—found Scola “erroneously shifted the burden of proof regarding the viability of the alternative forum to the plaintiffs.”

The opinion stems from the growing amount of Latin American litigation brought in South Florida.

The plaintiffs are two powerful Venezuelan media companies: billboard company Publicidad Vepaco C.A. and television network LaTele Television C.A.

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$72M Theft Claim Against Venezuelan Bankers, Including Hugo Chavez’s Top Opponent, Resurrected