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  • Miners Celebrate Rejection of Fed’s Demand to Break Up Land Lockup Case

    Mar 21, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 122-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members today celebrated the rejection by a federal district court in Washington, D.C. of the demand by federal lawyers to break up and transfer its complaint challenging a decision by federal officials, allegedly to protect the sage-grouse, to restrict unlawfully mineral exploration and development on millions of acres of federal land in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.
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  • Miners Group Urges Reversal of California Mining Ruling

    Mar 08, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 122-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members that filed a friend of the court brief before the California Supreme Court in defense of a miner charged with violating the State’s criminal prohibition against suction dredge mining today urged the Supreme Court of the United States to review the ruling of that court that the federal mining law does not preempt California’s ban on suction dredge mining.
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  • Trump Administration Seeks Resolution of Idaho Woman’s Army Corps Gun Ban Battle

    Mar 03, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    An Idaho woman who is barred from carrying a functional firearm for self-defense when she visits vast federal recreational facilities today learned of the Trump administration’s intention to codify her victory before an Idaho federal district court, which ruled the federal government agency’s ban on firearms violates the Second Amendment, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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  • Wyoming Farm Bureau Defeats EPA Wyoming Land Grab

    Feb 22, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Wyoming Farm Bureau today celebrated the 2-1 ruling of a three-judge panel of a Denver-based federal appeals court that struck down an edict from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that 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—have jurisdiction over 1.48 million acres of Wyoming. In early 2014, the group petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit contesting the EPA’s December of 2013 decision to grant “Tribe-as-State” status under the federal Clean Air Act.
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  • Western Group and Legal Expert Aid Michigan Landowners

    Feb 02, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience seeking “just compensation” for the taking of “private property” for “public use” and a renowned legal historian and property rights expert today acknowledged that their friend of the court brief filed in support of Muskegon County, Michigan landowners who seek constitutional relief for use of their private property for a public trail was before the three-judge panel during oral argument.
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  • Federal District Court Again Urged to Reverse Fatally Flawed FAA Ruling

    Jan 27, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience enforcing the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee today again urged a Washington, D.C. federal district court to reconsider an order of an Arizona federal district court on November 7, 2016, that dismissed portions of its lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other agencies and officials for violating its client’s rights.
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  • Wyoming Stock Growers Fight Environmental Groups Intervention in Sage-Grouse Case

    Jan 27, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Wyoming nonprofit association that began in 1872 and represents over 1,000 beef cattle producers today opposed entry of environmental groups in its challenge to plans by federal officials to change the management of federal lands in Wyoming and to extort actions of all third parties who use those lands ostensibly to aid the greater sage-grouse.
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  • Western Legal Foundation Seeks Return to Supreme Court on its Landmark Victory

    Jan 27, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation that won a landmark victory over race-based decision-making before the Supreme Court of the United States today announced its representation of a Texas company that suffered defeats in its attempt to end the federal government’s use of race to award contracts as unconstitutional, both before a federal district court and a court of appeals.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Win Supreme Court Review in RTD Taxes Lawsuit

    Jan 23, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends taxpayers’ rights today celebrated a decision by the Colorado Supreme Court to review a ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals that upheld a ruling by a Denver County District Court rejecting its argument that new taxes being collected by three Colorado governmental entities violate the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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  • Supreme Court of the United States to Hear “Waters of the United States” Challenge

    Jan 13, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 122-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members today welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, consistent with its earlier brief, to review its lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and their top officials over newly released final rules that purport to define “waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act (CWA) after odd rulings from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
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  • Appeals Court Fails To Rehear Erroneous Race-Based Contracting Ruling

    Jan 13, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation that won a landmark victory over race-based decision-making before the Supreme Court of the United States today bemoaned the refusal of a federal appeals court to rehear the ruling of a three-judge panel that failed to end the federal government’s use of race to award contracts as unconstitutional and thus overturn an earlier ruling by a federal district court.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Reply to Colorado Supreme Court in Aspen Bag Tax Appeal

    Jan 13, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado nonprofit, public-interest group that educates citizens on the dangers of excessive taxation, regulation, and government spending and protects their right to petition government today filed its reply brief at the Colorado Supreme Court following the court’s decision in September of 2016 to review the ruling of the Colorado Court of Appeals that upheld the constitutionality of a bag tax imposed by the City of Aspen.
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  • Michigan Landowners Counter Argument by Federal Lawyers in Land Case

    Jan 10, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula today filed their reply brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit asking it to reverse a June 13, 2016 ruling by a Michigan federal district court.
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  • Wyoming Association Welcomes Delay in Hydraulic Fracturing Argument

    Jan 04, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    Wyoming’s oldest and largest oil and gas industry trade association today welcomed the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to delay oral arguments in its review of a ruling by a Wyoming federal district court striking down federal rules regulating hydraulic fracturing as issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
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  • Reagan Era Lessee Responds to Intervenors in Obama Officials’ Lease Cancellation Case

    Dec 19, 2016 | 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 first approval of his application for permit to drill (APD) in 1985, today responded to legal arguments by third parties allowed to intervene in the man’s lawsuit asking a federal district court to hold unlawful and set aside the Obama administration’s cancellation of his 33-year-old lease and disapproval of his 23-year-old approved APD, which was suspended in 1993.
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  • Miners Appear at Appeals Court to Fight Feds’ Million Acre Land Withdrawal

    Dec 15, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 121-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members appeared today before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to urge the three-judge panel to reverse three rulings by an Arizona federal district court to void an edict by the Secretary of the Interior closing a million acres of federal land in northwestern Arizona to mining.
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  • Western Legal Foundation Opposes “Right” of Union Organizers

    Dec 12, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western, nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience defending the right to own and use private property today filed a friend of the count brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of property owners for their right to bar union organizers from entering their property.
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  • Federal District Court Must Reverse Fatally Flawed FAA Ruling

    Dec 02, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience enforcing the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee today urged an Arizona federal district court to reconsider its November 7, 2016, order dismissing portions of a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other agencies and officials for violating its client’s rights.
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  • Reagan Era Lessee Responds in Fight over Obama Officials’ Lease Cancellation

    Nov 10, 2016 | 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 first approval of his application for permit to drill (APD) in 1985, today responded to legal filings by the federal government and friend of the court briefs by others in his efforts to have a federal district court hold unlawful and set aside the Obama administration’s cancellation of his 33-year-old lease and disapproval of his 23-year-old approved APD, which was suspended in 1993.
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  • Federal District Court Ruling in FAA Lawsuit Fatally Flawed

    Nov 07, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience enforcing the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee expressed its deep disappointment with the ruling of a federal district court dismissing portions of its lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other agencies and officials for violating its client’s rights.
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