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Gibson will pay $300,000 to settle environmental violations

Guitar company admitted to possibly illegally purchasing endangered wood

A three-year probe into possible environmental violations at Gibson Guitar Corp. has come to an end.

In 2009, the Department of Justice (DOJ) raided one of Gibson’s facilities, claiming the company violated the Lacey Act, an endangered species law that includes plants. Then, last August, armed agents raided three of the guitar maker’s Tennessee factories and confiscated wood they claimed was protected under the Lacey Act and which the company illegally imported from Madagascar and India.

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