Antigua v. the U.S. — Place Your Bets (But Not Online)

Washington has countered by removing gambling from the list of services covered under existing trade agreements. It was the fear of a rise in problem gambling that motivated Washington’s ban in the first place. 2007 CBS Interactive Inc.. If Congress unleashed the menace of online gambling on the US, would we really be less able to resist temptation than our friends across the pond?. That’s compared to 17% who bet on horse races. So how much did the Brits’ gambling increase under the insidious influence of the Internet? None. We’re now two rounds in and things are looking a little dicey for America.

What’s all this about? Online gambling. public. Arbitration is now ongoing.

All in all it’s a big mess with he WTO forced to balance its international credibility as an unbiased arbiter of trade disputes with it’s desire not to alienate the U.S. All Rights Reserved.

Last Updated Sep 19, 2007 1:46 PM EDT

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<p>The UK National Centre for Social Research released a study today of how British gambling habits have changed since 1999. Initial giggles by Washington insiders subsided when the WTO twice held in favor of Antigua who is demanding an unusual remedy: permission to violate international copyright rules. Only a whopping 6% of Brits gambled online in the last year. When Congress passed a  ban on online gambling, Antigua, where many online gambling sites are based, filed a complaint with the WTO alleging that the new policy amounted to a prohibition on importation of services that violated its trade rights. the U.S. — Place Your Bets (But Not Online)” align=”left”/>In 2003 the U.S</p>
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