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  • Wyoming Association Battles Green’s Climate Change Scheme

    Aug 17, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    Wyoming’s oldest and largest oil and gas industry trade association today filed its friend of the court brief with a federal district court in Montana to prevent environmental groups from ending energy development in the Powder River Basin.
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  • Western Legal Outfit Joins Fight Against Fed’s Seizure of Private Land in Louisiana

    Aug 11, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western, nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience fighting abuses of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) today joined a nationally significant lawsuit to defend the right of Louisiana landowners not to have their land seized by federal agencies as “habitat” for listed species, even though the species is not found on the property nor is the land hospitable to it.
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  • Western Legal Foundation Greatly Disappointed by Latest Ruling against Utah Landowners

    Aug 08, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience challenging application of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) today expressed its great disappointment with the refusal of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver to rehear an adverse ruling by a three-judge panel in March of 2017 against Utah landowners.
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  • Western Group and Property Rights Expert Disappointed with En Banc Denial

    Aug 08, 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 expressed their disappointment that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected their plea to rehear en banc the appeal brought by Muskegon County, Michigan landowners seeking constitutional relief for use of their private property as a public trail.
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  • Family Owned Oil and Gas Company Sues for Unlawful Lease Cancellations

    Aug 03, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A small, family owned Colorado energy company that holds valuable federal oil and gas leases today sued the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) of the U.S. Department of the Interior, which in May rejected its two administrative appeals, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and the department. WillSource Enterprise, LLC, an oil and gas exploration company owned by Reed Williams of Denver, holds eight oil and gas leases in White River National Forest in Mesa County, Colorado, west of the Thompson Creek Divide.
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  • Wyoming Association Wins Approval to Help Battle Green’s Climate Change Scheme

    Aug 01, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    Wyoming’s oldest and largest oil and gas industry trade association today won the approval of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana to assist federal agencies and private parties in battling a scheme by environmental groups to all but shut down environmental studies necessary for energy development by requiring endless reviews regarding so-called climate change.
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  • Idaho County Settles Public Road Lawsuit with Federal Agency

    Jul 31, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    In rural Idaho, Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) has battled along-side an Idaho county against a federal agency for years to ensure local citizens’ access to four rural rights-of-way the agency tried to deny. Today MSLF settled the lawsuit, filed in 2015 against the United States, after obtaining access to one of the roads.
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  • Colorado Court Grants Taxpayers’ Motion as to Healthcare Tax

    Jul 27, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today celebrated the ruling by a Denver District Court accepting its amended and supplemental complaint against Colorado agencies and their officials for violating the Colorado Constitution’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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  • Western Legal Foundation Aids Texans in Endangered Species Act Battle

    Jul 27, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    DENVER, CO. For decades, a small businessman in rural Texas has allowed church youth groups, 4-H clubs, and others to use his family farm for camping trips free of charge. Now, because of a small spider that lives in caves in the area, not only is this community outreach threatened, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is demanding that the property owner, John Yearwood, must obtain a permit to use of a section of his farm, ostensibly to protect the spider.
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  • Michigan Landowners Win Huge Victory at Appeals Court in Land Case

    Jul 26, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula won a huge victory today at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit when a three-judge panel (2-1) reversed a June 13, 2016, ruling by a Michigan federal district court.
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  • Western Legal Foundation Renews Pursuit of End to Race-Based Federal Contracting

    Jul 25, 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 replied to a brief filed by the Acting Solicitor General of the United States opposing a writ of certiorari by 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 File Supreme Court Reply Brief in RTD Taxes Lawsuit

    Jul 24, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends taxpayers’ rights today filed its reply brief following the decision of 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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  • Western Group and Legal Expert Urge Rehearing En Banc for Michigan Landowners

    Jul 24, 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 urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to rehear en banc the appeal brought by Muskegon County, Michigan landowners who sought constitutional relief for use of their private property for a public trail.
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  • United States Government Is Liable As An “Owner” for Superfund

    Jul 19, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit today ruled, consistent with an amici curiae brief filed by two century old mining associations, that the federal government shares “Superfund” liability for waste sites on federal land.
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  • Wyoming Farm Bureau Responds to Appeal of EPA’s Defeat In Wyoming Land Grab Case

    Jul 10, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Wyoming Farm Bureau today responded to news that two American Indian tribes sought en banc review of 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 Legal Foundation: President Trump May Rescind Illegal Monuments

    Jul 10, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience battling illegal orders, decrees, and regulations by the federal government regarding western federal land today argued that President Trump possesses constitutional and legal authority to rescind, revoke, and reduce illegal national monument decrees issued by both President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
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  • Western Legal Foundation’s Demand for End to Race-Based Federal Contracting Opposed

    Jul 07, 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 expressed its disappointment with the opposition filed by the Trump administration to its petition for writ of certiorari on behalf 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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  • Healthcare “Enterprise” is Unconstitutional, says Taxpayer Group

    Jun 30, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today filed a motion to amend and supplement its complaint against two Colorado entities and their officials for violation of the Colorado Constitution’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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  • Wisconsin Family Loses Property Rights Battle

    Jun 23, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience battling attempts by State and local government to deny landowners their right to use their private property today expressed its grave disappointment of the Supreme Court of the United States to failure limit the use of a decades old ruling that was applied to a Wisconsin family that seeks to use two contiguous lots that their family has owned for decades.
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  • Michigan Landowners Appear at Appeals Court in Land Case

    Jun 15, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula had their case argued today at 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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