06 Aug '12, 8pm

Gibson Guitars was cited in 2011 for using illegally logged wood. New updates upend their noble stance:

Late last year, Tea Party groups in Tennessee held a rally in defense of Gibson Guitars . Gibson had been cited by the federal government for allegedly using illegally logged ebony and rosewood. (You can read our reporting on it here .) To some on the right, this was just another case of the feds overstepping their bounds, the nanny state, etc. And this was Gibson! An American institution! “We will fight, and we will make sure other companies do not face bullies with guns,” [Gibson CEO Henry] Juszkiewicz said at the Saturday rally [last October], according to the Nashville Tennessean . “With your help, we will make permanent changes.” Yes! Fight the power, Hank! You show those feds who’s boss! And now, an update from the Wall Street Journal : Gibson Guitar Corp. has agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty under a criminal enforcement agreement with the U.S., arising from allegati...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/gibson-guitars-noble-stand-against-...

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