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Collection Management: Averting the Inevitable

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues on their path to investigate and recover stolen and looted works of art with more effectiveness and efficiency. As is states in the recent press release (see the link below), their ability is bolstered by the strong relationships forged with foreign law enforcement over the past fifteen years when I headed the agencies art and antiquity theft program.  It was and remains never an acceptable position to trade or collect objects with poor provenance.  At GDLSK we counsel collectors and dealers alike on better business practices.  We offer proprietary measures to reduce adverse claims against items in your collection without harm to your reputation and business. Contact Forensic Specialist James McAndrew at 212-973-7706 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn more.

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-recovers-stolen-indian-artifacts-major-auction-house-ahead-asia-week-new-york

   

CPSC Obtains $15.45 Million Civil Penalty for Defective Dehumidifiers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) recently entered into a $15,450,000 settlement agreement with Gree, a manufacturer and importer of dehumidifiers produced in China. 

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James McAndrew interviewed by the Creators Project regarding ISIS looting in Syria and Iraq.

James McAndrew interviewed by the Creators Project as an expert on international art theft and looting by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. See the article in the below link.

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When Good Claims Go Bad! When Customs Makes You Pay Duties On Duty-Free Merchandise

On Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT, join the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) and Arthur W. Bodek, Partner at Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP for a webinar on what to do when U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) makes you pay duty on your merchandise that should be duty-free! (Or, what to do when good claims go bad!)

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New CPSC Requirements for Self-Balancing Scooters (Hover Boards)

In a recently published letter to “Manufacturers, Importers, and Retailers of Self-Balancing Scooters,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) urged the trade to make certain that self-balancing scooters (hover boards) comply with currently applicable voluntary safety standards, including all referenced standards and requirements contained in UL 2272 – Outline on Investigation for Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters.   In addition, the CPSC indicated that all lithium ion battery products must comply with test requirements under UN/DOT 38.3 Transport of Dangerous Goods for Lithium Metal and Lithium Ion Batteries.

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