Thomas Allen

Thomas Allen

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Lacey Act Lessons from the Lumber Liquidators $13 Million Settlement: Has the Definition of “Due Care” Been Expanded?

On October 7, 2015, Lumber Liquidators agreed to plead guilty to five criminal charges, including one felony, stemming from the purchase and import of certain wood products through three separate Chinese suppliers. The plea...more

10/21/2015 - Civil Monetary Penalty Compliance Corporate Counsel Criminal Prosecution Due Care Felonies Guilty Pleas Illegal Imports Lacey Act Plea Agreements wood

The Announcement of Criminal Charges against Lumber Liquidators Underscores the Need for Lacey Act Compliance

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Lumber Liquidators announced in its most recent 10Q that the United States Department of Justice plans to pursue criminal charges surrounding allegations the company illegally imported wood in...more

5/6/2015 - Criminal Prosecution DOJ Enforcement Actions Illegal Imports Imports Lacey Act Retailers

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

The search warrant recently executed by U.S. Customs and Fish and Wildlife Service agents on a Virginia-based flooring wholesaler surrounded allegations that the company had illegally imported wood in violation of the Lacey...more

2/19/2014 - Activist Endangered Species Environmental Crimes Environmental Review Illegal Imports Lacey Act Natural Resources US Fish and Wildlife Service

Rhode Island Cleans Up Problematic Superfund Precedent That Undermined Federal Settlements

The U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island has vacated its 2010 summary judgment decision in Ashland Inc. v. GAR Electroforming, 729 F. Supp. 2d 526 (D.R.I. 2010), just days after receiving an amicus memorandum...more

3/21/2013 - CERCLA Environmental Liability Settlement Superfund

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