Contractor Jailed In Cuba Can’t Sue US, Judge Rules

Law360, New York (May 29, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a man who was imprisoned in Cuba for his pro-democracy work on a U.S. Agency for International Development contract could not sue the U.S., which has sovereign immunity from the negligence damages sought in the suit. 

Plaintiff Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for 3 1/2 years in what U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg described as “harrowing” conditions in his ruling, sued the U.S. and contractor Development Alternatives Inc. for negligence in November 2012, saying they gave...
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