12 Aug '12, 1pm

A Closer Look at Gibson Guitar’s Legal Troubles.

A Closer Look at Gibson Guitar’s Legal Troubles.

The settlement agreement resolving the Gibson Guitar Corporation’s recent dispute with the Department of Justice over the importation of woods from Madagascar and India reveals that not only is discretion the better part of valor, but it should also be the better part of business and risk management plans. The Criminal Enforcement Agreement provides that the government will drop all charges against Gibson arising from the seizure in 2009 of wood that the company imported from Madagascar and the seizure in 2011 of wood that it imported from India. In both cases, the government contended that Gibson violated the Lacey Act, a law which, by the terms of its 2008 amendments, makes it illegal to import into the United States any wood obtained in contravention of any foreign or domestic law. The government contended that the both shipments violated the laws of the countries where...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/10/a-closer-loo...

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