Gibson Guitar still feels victimized by federal agents but the Nashville-based company says it is “gratified” to avoid criminal charges. The company will pay penalties totaling $350,000 to settle illegal logging claims.
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After years maintaining innocence, Nashville-based Gibson Guitar has entered a settlement to avoid criminal charges related to the conservation law known as the Lacey Act. The company was accused of illegally importing ebony and rosewood for its iconic electric guitars.
Nashville-based Gibson Guitar has been forced to get creative in order to keep creaking out guitars after federal agents seized exotic hardwood from the company. The improvised instruments are just starting to hit the market.
Environmentalists and some in the timber industry are accusing Nashville-area congressmen of trying to “gut” the Lacey Act. The century-old environmental law is at the heart of an ongoing federal investigation into Gibson Guitar.
Listen Now: There’s a cardinal rule for corporations under criminal investigation – say nothing, at least publicly. But Nashville-based Gibson Guitar took off the mute button this year in a big way. It’s been publicizing its plight under an environmental law known as the Lacey Act. The PR campaign has gotten members of Congress talking about changes. But Gibson’s strategy could still backfire.
Two Nashville-area Congressmen are trying to ease the conservation law that has Gibson Guitar under federal investigation. Lawmakers are using interest in the case to push through the changes.
National Tea Party groups are vocalizing support for Gibson Guitar, which is under investigation for illegally harvesting wood from Madagascar and India. Protesters say the federal government has tarnished the name of an iconic American company.
The hardwood industry is defending a law that has come under attack from Gibson Guitar and Tennessee lawmakers. The National Hardwood Lumber Association helped write the regulations and held its annual convention in Nashville over the weekend.