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WTO Investigates US Betting Row

19 Jul 2006

US AND ANTIGUA -- As reported by the BBC: "A new panel is to investigate whether US restrictions on internet gambling breach world trade rules. US laws banning interstate betting over the internet will be examined by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

"The Caribbean state of Antigua and Barbuda, host to many online casinos, has been in a long-running battle with the US over the legality of its stance.

"The WTO earlier found that some of the US laws were not in line with trade rules, though others were permissible.

"The Antiguan authorities asked for the panel to be set up after negotiations with the US broke down.

"Trade partners who fail to implement WTO rulings often find themselves hit by sanctions - for example, extra tariffs on their exports..."

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