A Ray of Hope for Long-Awaited Resolution of Antigua and Barbuda’s Online Poker Dispute

According to the Jamaica Observer, the Donald Trump administration is likely to offer Antigua a satisfactory settlement of their ten-year-long gaming dispute with the U.S.

Back in 2007, the American government imposed a ban on Antigua and Barbuda’s online gaming operations targeted at US citizens. Subsequently, the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of Antigua, declaring that it was entitled to $21 million in compensations. That modest amount was eclipsed by the $3 billion loss resulting from the damage done to the island’s online betting business, and furthermore, it was never paid. The WTO later put forward an opinion that Antigua and Barbuda could seek compensation by disregarding U.S. intellectual property rights but that option was not leveraged.

Reportedly, the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda Sir Rodney Williams has expressed hopes that the current round of negotiations with the new US administration will bring about an acceptable agreement. The latest public demand on behalf of the island has been for $200 million, and a settlement proposal was turned down last year.

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