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Gibson Guitar Agrees to Pay $300,000 Penalty to Settle Lacey Act violations

August 6, 2012
The Justice Department announced Monday that it has come to an agreement with Gibson Guitar Corp. that will resolve an investigation into whether the company used illegally harvested wood and ebony in its production process, a violation of the Lacey Act.

Under the agreement, Gibson will pay a $300,000 penalty, plus a $50,000 "community service payment" to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help promote conservation of protected trees. Additionally, Gibson agreed to set up a compliance program to ensure it does not use illegally harvested products
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