WTO ruling in the
USA-Antigua online gambling case: $21 million
The Word Trade Organization's
decision on the Antigua internet gambling case against USA
amounts to $21 million annually.
long-awaited ruling on the sanctions the U.S. will have to pay
to Antigua in the internet gambling dispute was finally made
public today. The bill - $21 million annually. This amount is
considerably smaller than the requested $3.44 billion by Antigua
and more than the $500,000 offered by the U.S. to settle the
dispute. The $21 million a year in sanctions against the United
States for shut out Antigua and Barbuda (and the rest of the
world) of the U.S. online gambling market will be exercised in
the form of intellectual property, such as films and music, for
instance by lifting copyright protection, as well as in
services, which includes sectors such as banking and
telecommunications as well as gambling, said the WTO arbitrator.
The office of the U.S. Trade Representative came out with the
following statement: "Antigua's claim was patently excessive.
The United States is pleased that the figure arrived at by the
arbitrator is over 100 times lower than Antigua's claim."
Neither party has the option to appeal the WTO decision.