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  • Western Group and Legal Expert Aid Michigan Landowners

    Jul 05, 2016 | 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 filed a friend of the court brief in support of Muskegon County, Michigan landowners seeking constitutional relief for use of their private property for a public trail.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Argue at Court of Appeals in RTD Taxes Lawsuit

    Jun 30, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today lost its appeal of 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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  • Wyoming Energy Group Challenges Fed’s Wind Energy Bias

    Jun 29, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW) today challenged federal regulations that fail to assure all oil and gas operators that they will receive the same treatment regarding the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act as that accorded wind energy developers.
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  • U.S. Supreme Court Fails to End Use of Race by Universities

    Jun 23, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience in constitutional issues, which filed a friend of the court brief with the Supreme Court of the United States urging that it reverse a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, expressed its dismay with the Court 5-3 ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the use of racial quotas by universities.
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  • Miners Challenge EPA’s “Waters of the United States” Rules

    Jun 23, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 120-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members today filed a lawsuit in federal district court for the District of Columbia 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” as set forth in the Clean Water Act (CWA).
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  • Wyoming Association Celebrates Hydraulic Fracturing Ruling

    Jun 21, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    Wyoming’s oldest and largest oil and gas industry trade association today welcomed a Wyoming federal district court’s ruling striking down federal rules regulating hydraulic fracturing as issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
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  • Western Legal Group Defends North Carolina Voter ID Requirement

    Jun 16, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience challenging unconstitutional aspects of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) today filed a friend of the court brief in support of the State of North Carolina urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to uphold a ruling by a North Carolina federal district court.
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  • Montana Coal Group Helps Defeat Minnesota’s Interstate Commerce Ban

    Jun 15, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Montana nonprofit industry trade association today praised the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, consistent with its friend of the court brief urging affirmance of the decision of a Minnesota federal district court that a law enacted by Minnesota violates the Commerce Clause.
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  • Michigan Landowners Suffer Defeat; Will Return to Appeals Court

    Jun 14, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula today suffered defeat before a Michigan federal district court but plan to appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit where they, in October of 2015, won a victory over an earlier ruling by the district court and had their lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and its officials for barring use of waterfront property that they own reinstated.
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  • Wyoming Groups Seek to Intervene in Sage-Grouse Lawsuit

    Jun 10, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Wyoming groups today fought back against four environmental groups that oppose their right to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the environmental groups in Idaho federal district court to prevent use of millions of acres of federal land allegedly to protect the greater sage-grouse.
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  • Class Action Lawsuit Naming FAA for Constitutional Breach Delayed

    Jun 07, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience enforcing the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee today announced a delay in its lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other agencies and officials, for violating its clients’ rights, to await congressional action.
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  • Wyoming Association Defends Bar on Hydraulic Fracturing Rules

    Jun 06, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    Wyoming’s oldest and largest oil and gas industry trade association today urged that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit uphold an injunction issued by a Wyoming federal district court on the implementation of federal rules regulating hydraulic fracturing issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
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  • Reagan Era Lessee Granted Stay on Attorneys’ Fees for Beating Feds

    Jun 06, 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 approval of his application for permit to drill (APD) in 1985, today was granted a stay in his pursuit of attorneys’ fees and expenses after a federal district court ruled in favor of his company.
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  • Tenth Circuit: U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Bars TABOR Lawsuit

    Jun 03, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    Colorado taxpayers defending the right to limit spending by use of a constitutional amendment today celebrated the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s ruling that individual Colorado legislators may not challenge the constitutionality of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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  • Designation of Critical Habitat Requires Economic Impact Analysis

    Jun 03, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience battling illegal abuses of federal law by administrative agencies today urged that the Supreme Court of the United States review a ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that exempts agencies from considering economic impact when they designate “critical habitat” pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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  • Reagan Era Lessee Seeks Attorneys’ Fees for Defeating Feds

    Jun 01, 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 approval of his application for permit to drill (APD) in 1985, today filed for attorneys’ fees and expenses after a federal district court ruled in favor of his company.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Again Urge Supreme Court Review of Aspen Tax

    May 31, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado nonprofit, public-interest group that educates others on the dangers of excessive taxation, regulation, and government spending and protects citizens’ right to petition government today filed its reply brief and again urged that the Colorado Supreme Court review the Colorado Court of Appeals’ ruling upholding the constitutionality of a bag tax imposed by the City of Aspen.
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  • Unanimous Supreme Court Brings Corps of Engineers to Heel

    May 31, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience battling abuses of federal law by administrative agencies today celebrated a unanimous ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States requiring that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers comply with the Court’s rulings.
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  • Reagan Era Lessee Opposed Second Attempt by Foes to Intervene

    May 27, 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 approval of his application for permit to drill (APD) in 1985, today opposed the second attempt by groups to intervene in the case; their earlier try was denied by a federal district court.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Argue at Court of Appeals in RTD Taxes Lawsuit

    May 18, 2016 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today argued its appeal of 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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