Feds’ Reliance on Environmental Activism Underscores Need for Lacey Act Compliance

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Today, Pillsbury attorneys William M. Sullivan, Jr., Thomas G. Allen and Benjamin J. Cote published their advisory titled Feds’ Reliance on Environmental Activism Underscores Need for Lacey Act Compliance. This advisory discusses the search warrant recently executed by U.S. Customs and Fish and Wildlife Service agents on a Virginia-based flooring wholesaler premised on allegations that the company had illegally imported wood in violation of the Lacey Act, 16 USC ยง 3371 et seq. This development bolsters three significant trends in Lacey Act enforcement that companies engaged in the purchase, manufacture or sale of wood products should take note of.