Lacey Act Defense Committee Forms

Washington, DC, Oct. 28, 2011 -- The National Association of Music Merchants has become to the latest organization to join the Lacey Act Defense National Consensus Committee, a newly-formed group made up of companies, associations and organizations impacted by the Lacey Act.

The purpose of the group is to create a new standard designed to provide a defense to Lacey liability.

Also participating in the new committee's activities are the Forest Stewardship Council, Anderson, Berkshire Hathaway, National Wood Flooring Association, Rainforest Alliance, Knoll, Williams Sonoma, Sustainable Furnishings Council, National Wildlife Federation, Floor Covering Institute, Wood Flooring International, Gibson Guitar Corporation, Staples, Home Depot, Kimberly-Clark, Columbia Forest Products, C.F. Martin & Company, Danzer Group, and the Capital Markets Partnership.

"Along with other activities, this effort represents a yearning for clarity in Lacey Act regulatory guidelines, enforcement rules and the desire of business and industry to implement adequate and appropriate 'due care' in assuring that material and product imports meet the requirements of the Lacey Act," said Mary Luehrsen, NAMM's director of public affairs and government relations.

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