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Antigua May Revive WTO Dispute With U.S.

The island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is considering reigniting its World Trade Organization dispute against the United States over internet gambling.

On Wednesday Harold Lovell, Antigua's Finance and Economy Minister said that the country is thinking about re-upping its dispute due to the fact that the U.S. government has not complied with the WTO's judgment that went in favor the Caribbean nation.

“In the coming days, the government will be consulting with appropriate officials and legal counsel to determine the best way forward for our people and industry,” Lovell said.

“We played by the rules and earned a hard-fought and fair victory. It is high time that the United States do what it routinely expects from its own trading partners – comply with WTO law and rulings.”

The original case was decided by the WTO, which said that American laws criminalizing online gambling sites offered by Antigua were discriminatory, inequitable, and violated America's international treaty obligations. The U.S. subsequently withdrew from its WTO obligations concerning gambling.

Case details are available online at: http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/dispu_e/cases_e/ds285_e.htm

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