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Antigua eyes big win against U.S. in gambling case

11 December 2007

WASHINGTON -- As reported by Reuters: "Antigua and Barbuda expects to receive a big damage award from the World Trade Organization in a long-running Internet gambling dispute with the United States, a lawyer for the Caribbean nation said on Monday.

"'We feel pretty confident about our case, to be honest. We really feel like we have the upper hand here,' Mark Mendel, a private attorney representing Antigua, told Reuters ahead of an expected ruling by a WTO arbitration panel on Friday.

"In an April 2005 ruling, the WTO found a U.S. law allowing only domestic companies to provide online horse-race gambling services discriminated against foreign companies.

"...Antigua ...has asked permission to impose $3.44 billion a year worth of 'cross-retaliation' on the United States..."

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