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  • Arkansas Family Files Multi-Million Dollar Tort Claim Against the USA

    Jul 28, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    An Arkansas family, the forebearers of which settled in the Ozark Mountains in 1808, today filed a nearly five million dollar tort lawsuit against the United States in Arkansas federal district court.
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  • New York Property Owners Appeal Dismissal Of Lawsuit

    Jul 25, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A coalition of 70,000 New York land-owners and three property owners today appealed a state trial court’s decision dismissing their lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the New York Department of Health (DOH), and two State officials—the DEC and DOC commissioners.
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  • Taxpayers’ Fight for Right To Stop Spending Off to Supreme Court

    Jul 22, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    Colorado taxpayers defending their right to limit spending by use of a constitutional amendment today learned that an adverse ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit appears headed to the Supreme Court of the United States
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  • California Energy Group Disappointed With Settlement

    Jul 17, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A California nonprofit, non-partisan trade association that represents 450 independent crude oil and natural gas producers, royalty owners, and service and supply companies today noted its disappointment with a California federal district court’s settlement of a suit challenging federal oil and gas leasing in the nation’s hottest new shale play.
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  • University of Texas’ Use of Race Heads for U.S. Supreme Court

    Jul 15, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation today noted the likely determination by the Supreme Court of the United States of the constitutionality of the use of racial quotas by universities following a 2-1 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
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  • New York Court Dismisses Property Owners’ Lawsuit

    Jul 14, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A coalition of 70,000 New York land-owners and three property owners suffered defeat today when a state court granted a motion to dismiss their lawsuit filed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the New York Department of Health (DOH), and two State officials—the DEC and DOC commissioners.
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  • Feds Ordered To Pay Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses For Illegal Breach

    Jul 14, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    The federal government was ordered to pay a Colorado man more than a third of a million dollars in attorneys’ fees and expenses for illegally breaching a producing and valuable geothermal lease.
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  • Oil and Gas Outfit Battles Attempt to Dismiss Energy Appeal

    Jul 10, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A small Colorado energy company that holds valuable federal oil and gas leases, but was denied its right to explore them, today filed pleadings opposing dismissal of its administrative appeal of the denial and seeking an evidentiary hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ).
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  • Man Who Waited 30 Years to Drill Seeks Favorable Ruling

    Jul 07, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Louisiana man issued a federal oil and gas lease in 1982, but denied the right to explore his property since initial approval of his application for permit to drill (APD) in 1985 and who sued to demand the right to use his property today urged a federal district court in Washington, D.C. to rule in his favor.
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  • Non-Indians Sued By Montana Tribes Seek Dismissal of Lawsuit

    Jul 03, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two families sued by Montana Indian Tribes in Montana federal district court today urged a district court to dismiss the lawsuit. Robert and Judy Harms of Hot Springs and Wayne and Betty Stickel of Lonepine in northwestern Montana, whose property lies within the Flathead Indian Reservation, were sued by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in February 2014.
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  • President Obama’s Recess Appointments Are Unconstitutional

    Jun 26, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Supreme Court of the United States today ruled unanimously, consistent with a brief filed by a nonprofit, public interest legal foundation with decades of experience addressing constitutional issues, that President Obama’s appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) violated the Recess Appointments Clause and were unconstitutional.
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  • Supreme Court Slaps Down EPA’s Green-House Gas Rules

    Jun 23, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Supreme Court of the United States today sharply limited the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases (GHG) to address so-called climate change.
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  • Idaho Woman Seeks Final Ruling In Second Amendment Lawsuit

    Jun 19, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    An Idaho woman who is barred from carrying a functional firearm for self-defense whenever she visits federal recreational facilities today urged an Idaho federal district court to issue a summary judgment in her favor.
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  • Oil and Gas Outfit Further Supplements Its Energy Rights Appeal

    Jun 11, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A small Colorado energy company that holds valuable federal oil and gas leases, but was denied its right to explore them, today filed additional pleadings in its administrative appeal of the denial.
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  • Man Who Waited 30 Years To Drill Wins One; Enviros Denied Entry

    Jun 10, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Louisiana man issued a federal oil and gas lease in 1982, but denied the right to explore his property since initial approval of his application for permit to drill (APD) in 1985 and who sued to demand the right to use his property today prevailed over an effort by opposition groups to intervene in his lawsuit.
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  • Alaskans Argue Appeal of Alaska Land Seizure Federal Case

    Jun 03, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    Alaskans in Juneau and Seward today had their appeal argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an effort to reverse an Alaska federal district court’s dismissal of their lawsuit against Alaska Department of Natural Resources officials challenging their claim to beds of small streams that cross private property.
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  • Federal Race-Based Contracting Is Unconstitutional

    May 23, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    The federal government’s use of race to award contracts is unconstitutional a federal district court was told today by a nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation that won a landmark victory over race-based decision-making before the Supreme Court of the United States.
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  • Western Foundation Defends Non-Indians Sued By Montana Tribes

    May 21, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience dealing with issues involving American Indians and western water rights, today announced that it will defend two families sued by Montana Indian Tribes.
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  • Alaskans Reply In Appeal of Alaska Land Seizure Federal Case

    May 16, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    Alaskans in Juneau and Seward today filed their reply brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit appealing an Alaska federal district court’s dismissal of their lawsuit against Alaska Department of Natural Resources officials challenging their claim to beds of small streams that cross private property.
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  • Michigan Landowners Fight Forest Service For Property Rights

    May 13, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners who own property in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and its officials for denying them the right to use their waterfront property in accordance with Michigan law and a prior federal court ruling.
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