Alan Gross, the U.S. Agency for International Development contractor who was imprisoned in Cuba for five years, is taking the U.S. government to court. Gross says the feds should be held responsible for grievances he and his wife have from his time in captivity, including economic losses and emotional distress. It’s an issue lower courts have previously refused to hear, but Gross wants the Supreme Court to weigh in. Lawyers for the Grosses said if they lose it would have “profound negative consequences for all U.S. residents who travel abroad,” allowing Americans “no redress for any subsequent harm occurring solely in the United States, even if that domestic injury dwarfs the foreign injuries.” Gross had previously received $3.2 million from the government as part of a settlement with his employer.
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