The Lacey Act, passed in 1900, is the nation's oldest wildlife protection statute and prohibits trafficking in illegal wildlife, fish and plants.  The act was recently amended by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill of 2008; the “Farm Bill”), which expanded the act’s protection to a broader range of plants and plant products, including timber derived from illegally harvested plants.  In this article, originally published on his blog,, and reprinted by Law360, Dorsey partner Mark Kaster discusses the implications of recent changes to the Lacey Act.

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