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  • Wyoming Farm Bureau Urges Reversal Of EPA Indian Ruling

    Dec 05, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Wyoming Farm Bureau today urged a federal appeals court to reverse a decision of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that granted the Northern Arapahoe Tribe and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe—of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fremont and Hot Springs Counties in west central Wyoming—jurisdiction over the City of Riverton, Wyoming and its residents.
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  • Western Legal Group Attacks EPA War on Coal Regulations

    Dec 01, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    The attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to do what Congress refused to do, that is, kill coal-fired power plants across America, drew a reprimand today from a western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation long involved in litigation regarding the Clean Air Act (CAA) and a demand that the agency withdraw its proposal. Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) asserted in official comments filed with the EPA that the agency lacks the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emitted by existing stationary sources, that the cost of its new regulations is exorbitant and unreasonable, and that the regulations flout the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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  • Ohio Woman Asks Court to Reject Illinois Filings in Gun Case

    Nov 28, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    An Ohio woman who travels to Illinois to visit and reside in a friend’s home today urged an Illinois federal district court to strike untimely and unresponsive filings by Illinois officials and to grant her summary judgment in her lawsuit against them by declaring a state law barring her from possessing a firearm or ammunition in Illinois unconstitutional.
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  • New Mexicans Urge Federal Court to Reject Mora County Motion

    Nov 26, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A New Mexico woman, two New Mexico landowners, and a New Mexico trade association today urged a New Mexico federal district court to dismiss a motion filed by Mora County and its officials regarding a 2013 civil rights lawsuit charging that a county ordinance violated their constitutional rights by barring energy development. Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) for Mary L. Vermillion, JAY Land Ltd. Co., Yates Ranch Property LLC, and the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico (IPANM) charge Mora County’s ordinance violates their rights under the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and corresponding rights under New Mexico’s Constitution.
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  • Miners Appeal Defeat in Challenge to Million Acre Land Withdrawal

    Nov 25, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 119-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members today noticed its appeal of three rulings by an Arizona federal district court in the group’s attempt to void a decision by the Secretary of the Interior closing a million acres of federal land in northwestern Arizona.
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  • Feds Pay Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses for Illegal Breach

    Nov 25, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    The federal government, under a federal court order, paid a Colorado man over a third of a million dollars in attorneys’ fees and expenses today for illegally breaching a producing and valuable geothermal lease.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Further Urge Favorable Ruling Over RTD Taxes

    Nov 21, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today filed its reply brief urging that a Denver County District Court rule that taxes being collected by three Colorado governmental entities violate the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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  • Taxpayers Urge U.S. Supreme Court To Review TABOR Lawsuit

    Nov 21, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    Colorado taxpayers defending their right to limit spending by use of a constitutional amendment today urged the Supreme Court of the United States to review a ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upholding a Colorado federal district court’s decision that allowed Colorado legislators to challenge the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights’ (TABOR’s) constitutionality.
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  • Western Legal Group Condemns Wetland Regulations

    Nov 14, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    An outrageous land grab by the Obama administration by increasing significantly its authority over private property by redefining the term “waters of the United States,” as set forth in the Clear Water Act (CWA), drew a stinging reproof from a western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation long involved in litigation over the issue of “wetlands.”
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  • Non-Indians Sued By Montana Tribes Fight Federal Indefinite Stay

    Nov 13, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two families sued by Montana Indian Tribes in Montana federal district court today responded to a motion filed by federal defendants seeking to stay the lawsuit indefinitely.
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  • New Mexicans Urge Judgment Against Mora County’s Ban on Energy

    Nov 13, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A New Mexico woman, two New Mexico landowners, and a New Mexico trade association today urged a New Mexico federal district court to grant them summary judgment against Mora County and its officials for violating their constitutional rights in adopting an ordinance that bar future energy development.
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  • University of Texas’ Use of Race Heads for U.S. Supreme Court

    Nov 12, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today declined to rehear a case on the constitutionality of the use of racial quotas by universities following a three-judge panel’s 2-1 ruling upholding the University of Texas at Austin’s right to use the race of a Texas coed, Abigail Noel Fisher, to reject her.
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  • Sage Grouse Litigation Must Continue, Idaho Judge Rules

    Nov 07, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    An Idaho federal district court today refused to dismiss or stay a lawsuit filed against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding its actions involving the sage-grouse.
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  • Supreme Court Must Review Devastating Endangered Species Ruling

    Nov 03, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience addressing legal and constitutional issues regarding the Endangered Species Act (ESA) today urged the Supreme Court of the United States to review a ruling by the notorious U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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  • Ohio Woman Seeks Favorable Ruling in Gun Ban Case

    Oct 31, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    An Ohio woman who travels to Illinois to visit and reside in a friend’s home today urged an Illinois federal district court to grant her summary judgment in her lawsuit against Illinois officials and declare a state law barring her from possessing a firearm or ammunition in Illinois unconstitutional.
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  • Michigan Landowners Appeal Dismissal of Property Rights Case

    Oct 27, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners who own property in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula today appealed the ruling of a Michigan federal district court that dismissed their lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and its officials for barring use of waterfront property that they own.
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  • Taxpayers Urge Colorado Supreme Court Review of Tax Case

    Oct 27, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today filed its reply brief in its petition that the Colorado Supreme Court review the August 2014 Court of Appeals ruling in the group’s appeal of a Colorado state district court’s dismissal of a lawsuit against two Colorado bodies and their officials for violating the Colorado Constitution’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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  • Idaho Woman Wins: U.S. Army Corps Gun Ban Unconstitutional

    Oct 14, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    An Idaho woman who is barred from carrying a functional firearm for self-defense when she visits federal recreational facilities prevailed today with the ruling of an Idaho federal district court that the federal government ban on firearms violates the Second Amendment.
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  • Landowner Urges Ruling Over County for Denying Property Rights

    Oct 14, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Minnesota company that owns valuable residential property in Keystone, Colorado but is barred from using the land today urged a Colorado state court to rule in its favor over Summit County and its officials for violating its rights—under the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments and parts of the Colorado Constitution—to use its property.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Urge Favorable Ruling Over RTD Taxes

    Oct 10, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today urged a Denver County District Court to rule that taxes being collected by three Colorado governmental entities violate the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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