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  • Montana Coal Group Fights Minnesota’s Interstate Commerce Ban

    Jan 27, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Montana nonprofit industry trade association today filed a friend of the court brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit urging the court to affirm the ruling of a federal district court in Minnesota that a law enacted by Minnesota violates the Commerce Clause.
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  • Wyoming Stockmen Argue for Property Rights In Wild Horse Case

    Jan 27, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Wyoming nonprofit association that began in 1872 and represents 1,000 beef cattle producers today filed a friend of the court brief in Wyoming federal district court opposing an effort to overturn a mandate that the Secretary of the Department of the Interior fulfill his duty to manage wild horses on federal, state, and private lands in one of the nation’s largest counties, in central Wyoming along the Colorado border.
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  • Western Group Welcomes Review of FDR Unconstitutional Provision

    Jan 16, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western, nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience battling for the payment of “just compensation” for the “unconstitutional taking” of property today welcomed a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit involving a regulatory program adopted during the Great Depression that caused the “taking” of a California family’s crops.
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  • New Mexicans Urge Federal Court to Reject Mora County’s Arguments

    Jan 15, 2015 | 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 reject arguments made by Mora County and its officials as to a 2013 civil rights lawsuit charging that a county ordinance violated their constitutional rights by barring energy development.
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  • Michigan Landowners Urge Reversal Of Property Rights Ruling

    Jan 09, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to reverse a 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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  • Wyoming Farm Bureau Draws Support of Ten States in Its EPA Battle

    Jan 05, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Wyoming Farm Bureau today drew the support of ten States in its federal appeals court battle 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 Nonprofit Legal Foundation Challenges IRS Regulations

    Dec 29, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience before the Supreme Court of the United States today filed its friend of the court brief urging that the Court overturn regulations adopted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which conflict with express language enacted in the federal law popularly known as ObamaCare.
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  • Western Firm Prevails As To Tribal Jurisdiction Over Non-Indians

    Dec 23, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nationally known, nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience addressing legal and constitutional issues as to American Indians was vindicated today when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the ruling of an Arizona federal district court that a Navajo District Court has no jurisdiction over non-Indians in a civil lawsuit filed for allegedly tortious conduct on an Arizona highway.
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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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