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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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  • New Mexico Ranch Fights Illegal Mexico Wolf Plan at Federal Appeals Court

    Nov 04, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit legal foundation with decades of experience litigating on behalf of westerners against abuses of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) today filed a friend of the court brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on behalf of its members and a New Mexico ranch in support of efforts by the State of New Mexico to sustain its victory over federal officials for their refusal to comply with State law regarding the Mexican wolf.
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  • Miners Brief “Waters of the United States” Challenge to Sixth Circuit

    Nov 01, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 120-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members today joined with other litigants in urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to grant relief in its lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and their top officials over final rules that purport to define “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) in the Clean Water Act (CWA).
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  • Wyoming Man Appeals Astonishing Denial of Legal Fees After SCOTUS Victory

    Oct 28, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Wyoming man who won a huge victory before the Supreme Court of the United States by reversing rulings of a Wyoming federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in favor of the U.S. Forest Service in a dispute over whether his land belongs to the United States and later got his land back today filed notice of his appeal of the ruling by a Wyoming federal district court denying his request for attorneys’ fees and expenses.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Urge Supreme Court Review in RTD Taxes Lawsuit

    Oct 27, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends taxpayers’ rights today filed its reply brief urging 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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  • Idahoans Disappointed With School District’s Union Funding Ruling

    Oct 25, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    Idahoans relying on their State’s constitutional bar on the use of public funds to finance union activity today expressed disappointment with a State court’s dismissal of a suit seeking to end unconstitutional expenditures by a school district that benefit union officials.
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  • Wyoming Stockmen Bemoan Appeals Court Wild Horse Ruling

    Oct 24, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Wyoming nonprofit association that began in 1872 and represents 1,000 beef cattle producers today noted its disappointment with the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversing the March of 2015 ruling of a Wyoming federal district court that refused to overturn a mandate that the Secretary of the Department of the Interior must fulfill her duty to manage wild horses on federal, state, and private lands in one of the nation’s largest counties, in southcentral Wyoming along the Colorado border.
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  • Michigan Landowners Urge Appeals Court to Reverse Erroneous Ruling

    Oct 20, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula today filed their opening brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit asking it to reverse a June 13th ruling by a Michigan federal district court. Previously, in October of 2015, a panel of the Sixth Circuit reversed an earlier ruling by the district court and reinstated the couple’s lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and its officials for barring use of their waterfront property.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Brief Colorado Supreme Court In Aspen Bag Tax Appeal

    Oct 18, 2016 | 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 opening brief at the Colorado Supreme Court following the court’s decision last month 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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  • Texas Tech Law School and Mountain States Legal Foundation Ink Fellowship Deal

    Oct 12, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A West Texas university that serves as the major institution of higher education in a region larger than 46 of the nation’s 50 States, and a western organization that operates as the foremost nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation over nearly half of the country today announced their joint effort to train future defenders of constitutional liberties and the rule of law.
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  • Wyoming Stockmen Disappointed; Wild Horse Suit Dismissal Upheld

    Oct 10, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Wyoming nonprofit association that began in 1872 and represents 1,000 beef cattle producers expressed its disappointment today over the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to uphold a Wyoming district court ruling dismissing a lawsuit by Wyoming demanding the Secretary of the Department of the Interior fulfill her legal duty to remove excess wild horses on public lands, including in one of America’s largest counties.
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  • Miners’ “Waters of the United States” Challenge to U.S. Supreme Court

    Oct 04, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 120-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members today joined with other litigants in urging the Supreme Court of the United States 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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  • Obama Officials Are Not Exempt from Constitution for Racial Discrimination

    Sep 30, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience enforcing the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee responded to a recent filing by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other agencies and officials in their attempt to escape responsibility for violating its client’s rights.
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  • Victorious Wyoming Man Denied Legal Fees

    Sep 28, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Wyoming man who won a huge victory before the Supreme Court of the United States by reversing rulings of a Wyoming federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in favor of the U.S. Forest Service in a dispute over whether his land belongs to the United States and recently got his land back today was denied his request for attorneys’ fees and expenses by a Wyoming federal district court.
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  • Wyoming Association Urges Upholding of Hydraulic Fracturing Ruling

    Sep 23, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    Wyoming’s oldest and largest oil and gas industry trade association today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to uphold the ruling of 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 Draws Support in Fight over Obama Officials’ Lease Cancellation

    Sep 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 drew the support of a national and a Montana group 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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  • Reagan Era Lessee Fights Obama Officials’ Lease Cancellation

    Sep 12, 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 urged 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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  • Appeals Court Fails To Strike Down Race-Based Contracting

    Sep 09, 2016 | 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 strike down 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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