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Larry Cote quoted in article “Are Shippers Responsible for Legality of Goods They Transport?”

Wall Street Journal

Following is an excerpt:

The Justice Department indicted FedEx earlier this month, charging conspiracy to distribute controlled substances because of the shipper's alleged role in transporting painkillers and other prescription drugs that had been sold illegally. FedEx is scheduled to be arraigned in the proceeding Tuesday morning in San Francisco.

For the package-delivery industry, responsibility largely boils down to whether the carrier knew it was shipping illegal material, said Larry Cote, a drug-enforcement compliance attorney at Quarles & Brady LLP.

Originally published in Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2014