No settlement reached in Antigua, Barbuda case

The difference between Springer and Povich is that Maury's guests have usually graduated the 10th grade

Anyone who has ever been sick at home, waited in a dentist’s office or just has white trash family members is familiar with the typical formula of a Maury Povich show. Some woman comes on claiming that some poorly educated dude dressed like he’s going to church knocked her up, and she demands child support. That same formula is currently playing out on the international stage with the World Trade Organization (WTO) stepping into the Maury role and the U.S. serving as the willfully ignorant baby daddy.

Among the nations claiming that the U.S. owes them money are Antigua and Barbuda, who are seeking a reported $21 million from a 2007 ruling by the WTO that places the states in non-compliance with online gambling prohibition.

The case was meant to provide restitution to nations directly affected by the American ban on online gambling, and yet the U.S. – much like Maury’s baby daddies after the show – refuses to cough up a dime of the money owed, and has been ducking negotiations with Antiguan officials since 2007.

Earlier in the week reports surfaced that a settlement between the nations may have been reached, but representatives of the Antiguan government have been quick to shut these rumors down.