|A solicitor in the Antiguan trade sanctions case has announced that outdated impressions of online gambling by some in the US Department of Justice (DoJ) are behind America’s stance.|
The case was brought against the US in 2003 and lead council for the plaintiffs, Mark Mendel from Texas-based solicitors Mendel-Blumenfeld, also said that the position taken by the DoJ has been detrimental to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
“What I have finally concluded is that this case is almost 100 per cent about the DoJ,” said Mendel. “One or more DoJ members have been present at almost every meeting we have held with the United States over the past four years, at almost every WTO session, their footprint is big in this case.”
Mendel said that one DoJ representative in the case in particular still speaks as if he is in a 1950s gangster film with mobsters ruling the world and buying politicians.
'This may sound odd but I think that this issue, remote gambling, has been hijacked of sorts by a kind of dated old crowd in the DoJ who are still lost in the days of Bugsy Malone and smoky backrooms when gambling was run by the mob,” Mendel said.
He said that the Internet gambling case with the WTO has been damaging to the continued success of the organization but that, with the European Union (EU) becoming involved, the United States will have no choice but to fold its hand.
'While Antigua is going to have to work hard and be creative to find ways to effectively retaliate against the United States, the EU won't have any trouble at all,' said Mendel said.
“The United States is literally facing multi-billions of trade retaliation from the EU in all sorts of trade completely unrelated to gambling. All of a sudden, for example, American exporters of auto parts, electric guitars or cotton sweaters to the EU are going to be shut or priced out of the market.
“All of those sectors stand to be sacrificed or at least severely compromised by the United States in this case. All so the United States can protect its domestic gambling industry or perhaps, even worse, to satisfy some dated little constituency in the DoJ. Simply boggles the mind.'