(New York Times) When the Department of Justice announced an agreement on Monday ending its criminal investigation of the Gibson Guitar Company over its handling of hardwoods imported from India and Madagascar, I sought a reaction from W. John Thomas, a law professor at Quinnipiac University. Thomas has deep knowledge of the relevant law, the Lacey Act, as well as Gibson guitars, given that he has written a book on vintage Gibsons and performs on a variety of old Gibson models.

Read below for Thomas’s “Your Dot” piece describing how the final “criminal enforcement agreement” between the government and the company [posted here] exposed some significant challenges for Gibson and all guitar makers, while also revealing that most recent federal raid of the company was probably unjustified …

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