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WTO Decision - Yet Another Perspective

October 26th, 2005

Yet another perspective on the WTO decision in the Antigua case has been written. This time in the form of an Op/Ed piece at BASIS Online, the website of the Division on Addictions at the Cambridge Health Alliance by Marc Mendel, one of the attorneys who represented Antigua in the WTO dispute. While there have been arguments back and forth as to whether the U.S. or Antigua won, Mr. Mendel is understandably in the camp arguing that “the United States lost, and lost big.”

Mr. Mendel argues, with some validity in our view, that to comply with the WTO decision without giving Antigua access to the online gaming market in the U.S., the U.S. must prohibit all domestic remote gambling. To just deal with betting on horseracing, which some have focused on, misses the point. So, assuming Antigua isn’t granted access to the U.S. markets, I suspect Mr. Mendel would believe that on-property wireless remote betting being introduced in Las Vegas should be considered domestic remote gambling which must be prohibited by the U.S. in order to comply with the WTO ruling. Interesting. The complete article can be found at BASIS Online.

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