16 Aug '12, 12pm

Gibson Guitar's prosecution prompts increased enforcement calls: The government's settlement with the iconic sup...

Gibson Guitar's prosecution prompts increased enforcement calls: The government's settlement with the iconic sup...

Although it has the CEO of the iconic guitar maker Gibson Guitar Corp. singing the blues, a U.S. law aimed at limiting deforestation has attracted calls for strict enforcement from other affected companies. The Lacey Act, a 112-year-old import restrictions law Gibson acknowledged breaking in early August, was amended in 2008 to reduce illegal logging in Asia and other tropical countries. It requires any U.S. company importing exotic wood products to take extra care in documenting sources and confirming they aren't in violation of global sustainable forestry practices. A settlement reached with Gibson Guitar this month is held up as the first instance of action taken to enforce the Lacey Act's provision for wood sourcing. "The criminal enforcement agreement should be a wake-up call for companies thinking about importing illegally logged wood that the government is going to ...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2012/08/16/gibson-guitar-ill...

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A Closer Look at Gibson Guitar’s Legal Troubles.

A Closer Look at Gibson Guitar’s Legal Troubles.

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com 12 Aug '12, 1pm

The settlement agreement resolving the Gibson Guitar Corporation’s recent dispute with the Department of Justice over the ...