Mark Mendel, Antigua's lawyer in the WTO dispute, told the Antigua Sun that he expects the WTO to rule on its $3.4 billion compensation claim by the end of the month.

“We are in very good shape. This arbitration is proceeding nicely and we’ve done a very good job,” he said.

He noted that the government of Antigua and Barbuda has made it clear that it is prepared to impose sanctions once permission is granted, but he told the SUN that this will not be immediate. “We haven’t fully and completely flushed out precisely what we’re going to do or how we’re going to do it. There is no rush to do it. I think once we get it, it’ll be a pretty big weapon in our hands and we can take our time in deciding how to apply it,” Mendel said.

The attorney said in the event that the ruling is in Antigua and Barbuda’s favour, the government will need to make policy decisions on the status of US intellectual property in this country. He also pointed out that the gaming industry is likely to participate in the formulation of such decisions, since that sector is most affected.