You are forgiven if you have forgotten about the WTO Gambling dispute. It has been a while since anything happened. But apparently it is at long last on to the next stage, as Antigua announces (Word doc) that retaliation is coming:
On 21 December 2007, the Arbitrators determined in document WT/DS285/ARB (the "Award") that Antigua and Barbuda could request authorization from the DSB to suspend the obligations under Sections 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 of Part II of the TRIPS at a level not exceeding US$21.0 million annually. During the course of the arbitration Antigua and Barbuda had withdrawn its request to suspend concessions or obligations under the GATS, as on further evaluation this was considered to be impractical, a conclusion with which the Arbitrators agreed.
Since the release of Award, Antigua and Barbuda has been working in good faith to obtain a fair negotiated settlement to DS285 with the United States, but all efforts have proven fruitless. Article 22.7 of the DSU provides that "the DSB shall be informed promptly of the decision of the arbitrator and shall upon request, grant authorization to suspend concessions or other obligations where the request is consistent with the decision of the arbitrator, unless the DSB decides by consensus to reject the request". Accordingly, on the basis of and consistent with the conclusions and determinations of the Arbitrators in the Award and in accordance with Article 22.7 of the DSU, Antigua and Barbuda requests authorization from the DSB to suspend concessions or other obligations under the TRIPS, and in particular Sections 1 (Copyright and Related Rights), 2 (Trademarks), 4 (Industrial Designs), 5 (Patents) and 7 (Protection of Undisclosed Information) of Part II thereof at a level not exceeding US$21.0 million annually.
Until such time as the United States brings its measures into compliance with the rulings and recommendations of the DSB in DS285, every year Antigua and Barbuda will notify the DSB of the suspension of concessions or obligations it intends to adopt and actions it intends to take with respect thereto prior to bringing those suspensions into force or taking those actions. The notice will also specify how Antigua and Barbuda proposes to ensure that, in applying the suspension of concessions and obligations, they will not exceed US$21.0 million per annum.
How will it proceed with the TRIPS retaliation? This should be interesting.