US Seeks To Stay Gibson Case Amid Criminal Probe

Law360, San Diego (October 5, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors urged a Tennessee federal court Tuesday to stay its case against Gibson Guitar Corp. seeking forfeiture of imported wood used to make guitars while an environmental crime investigation is proceeding.

Details of the investigation by the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice were filed under seal.

A representative for U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin and an attorney representing Gibson were not immediately available for comment.

According to court papers, the prosecutors noted that the federal government was authorized to seek “criminal fines...
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Case Information

Case Title

United States of America v. 25 Bundles of Indian Ebony Wood

Case Number



Tennessee Middle

Nature of Suit

Forfeit/Penalty: Agriculture


William J. Haynes, Jr

Date Filed

September 26, 2011

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