Antigua and US Continue Fight Over Online Gambling

05/20/2012
By Tommie ClarkGoogle

At a World Trade Organization meeting last week, Antigua and the United States reignited their casino games online dispute. The government of Antigua is upset by the United States’ pursuit and prosecution of online casino game operators on its territory and is accusing its neighbor of violating international trade agreements. Antigua is pressing for sanction against the United States on the issue.

 

Throughout the dispute, both governments have blamed the other for failing to move forward and reach an amicable solution.  

 

At the meeting, the government of Antigua and Barbuda presented a letter to the WTO Dispute Settlement Body expressing their desire to “negotiate a settlement with the US” and requested that the United States “observe its international obligations in good faith and with due consideration for the rights of Antigua & Barbuda.”

 

Antigua has alleged that they have lost significant revenue from the lack of top online casinos and the US action against them has cost $3.4 billion a year. The WTO has already awarded $21 million in damages against the United States

 

In the meantime, the United States has continued to go after companies that provide casino games online and no deposit bonus codes in Antigua and other jurisdictions.

 

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda stated that he felt that the US government has not done enough to properly settle the online casino games disagreement with the country.

 

He commented, “Antigua and Barbuda had put forward several options to settle the case but there has been no fairness in the proposals received from the United States to date.  Antigua and Barbuda’s Internet gaming sector has been decimated by the actions of the United States, and we believe that we must be fairly compensated for those losses.”

 

 

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