Fight for Online Gambling Challenges WTO's Authority

The legal wrangling over online gambling challenges Washington's effort to prohibit the activity while simultaneously testing the ability of the World Trade Organization to enforce its own standards. The dispute stretches back to 2003, when attorney Mark E. Mendel first persuaded officials in Antigua and Barbuda, a tiny nation in the Caribbean with a population of around 70,000, to instigate a trade complaint against the United States, claiming its ban against Americans gambling over the Internet violated Antigua and Barbuda's rights as a member of the WTO.

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