Antigua Renews Efforts in WTO Online Gambling Ruling Against USA

Published Monday, February 20, 2012 -

The tiny Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has been waiting a long time for the USA to respond to the ruling brought down by the World Trade Organization some eight years ago ordering America to compensate Antigua for the wholesale prohibition of internet wagering in the States. The government of the USA has denied the rights of its citizens to play for money on the internet and specifically those sites originating in Antigua which according to the WTO ruling is in violation of the international trade agreement signed by the USA.

Since the Department of Justice’s ruling on the wire act clarifying online gambling regulations in the US, Antigua feels compelled to ask for their compensation. The government of Antigua issued a statement regarding the renewed interest in seeking justice, “Having won a landmark decision from the WTO in 2004 that United States laws criminalizing remote gaming services offered to American consumers from Antigua were in violation of US international treaty obligations, Antigua and Barbuda has been unable despite sustained efforts to either get the United States to comply with the WTO ruling or to negotiate any nature of reasonable compromise to settle the dispute,”

“Last December’s surprise announcement by the United States Department of Justice that United States law did not prohibit many forms of internet gambling has been a game changer. Although the United States had lost the case at the WTO, its defence was predicated on its stated position that American laws prohibited all remote gaming, because the activity was so pernicious that it was incapable of being regulated to protect the public interest. Publicly, the United States had continued to use its supposed prohibition of all remote gaming as a basis for continued non-compliance with its international trade obligations.”
Antigua’s Minister of Finance and the Economy, Harold Lovell commented, “Now that the entire basis for the United States' objection to allowing our trade in remote gaming services has gone away. It is increasingly impossible to understand why the United States has not complied with this decision.”


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