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American held in Cuba appealing DC court ruling

Friday - 5/31/2013, 6:00pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An American imprisoned in Cuba is appealing a judge's ruling dismissing a lawsuit he brought against the U.S. government, for whom he was working when he was arrested.

A federal judge in Washington dismissed Alan Gross' case against the government Tuesday, saying federal law bars lawsuits against the government based on injuries suffered in foreign countries. Lawyers for Gross filed a notice they would appeal Friday.

Gross was working for the U.S. Agency for International Development and its contractor Development Alternatives Inc. when he was arrested in Cuba in 2009.

He was ultimately sentenced to 15 years in prison for his work helping Jewish groups with internet access. The lawsuit said he wasn't prepared for his job's risks.

Gross settled with Maryland-based DAI for an undisclosed amount earlier this month.

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