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  • Non-Indians Sued By Montana Tribes Win Dismissal of Lawsuit

    May 18, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two families sued by Montana Indian Tribes in Montana federal district court today prevailed in their efforts to have the lawsuit filed against them dismissed when the district court granted their motion.
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  • Western Ranchers Sustain Big Grazing Victory at Appeals Court

    May 15, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two ranching organizations, an Arizona ranch, and an Arizona rancher today won a major victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit when a three-judge panel affirmed a ruling by an Arizona federal district court that granted them summary judgment over a demand by environmental groups that grazing permits be revoked and then subjected to lengthy federal environmental review.
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  • Western Legal Foundation Argues Against Immigration Rule

    May 11, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience litigating to compel federal agencies to adhere to the rule of law today filed a friend of the court brief with a federal appeals court urging it to uphold a Texas federal district court ruling that struck down an Obama administration decree.
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  • Western Legal Foundation Urges End to Racial Preferences

    May 08, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western legal foundation with decades of experience and multiple appearances at the Supreme Court of the United States challenging the use of racial preferences or quotas urged a federal appeals court to reject their use in federal highway contracting.
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  • Man Who Waited 30 Years to Drill Seeks Expedited Hearing

    Apr 30, 2015 | 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 initial approval of his application for permit to drill (APD) in 1985 and who sued to demand the right to use his property today sought an expedited hearing and oral arguments before a federal court.
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  • Wyoming Stockmen Disappointed with Wild Horse Suit Dismissal

    Apr 21, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Wyoming nonprofit association that began in 1872 and represents 1,000 beef cattle producers today expressed disappointed with the decision of a Wyoming federal district court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Wyoming demanding that the Secretary of the Department of the Interior fulfill her duty to remove excess wild horses on public lands, including in one of the nation’s largest counties, in central Wyoming along the Colorado border.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Reply in Appeal of Aspen Bag Tax Case

    Apr 20, 2015 | 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 with the Colorado Court of Appeals.
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  • Mora County Repeals Unconstitutional Ordinance; Lawsuit Dismissed

    Apr 14, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A New Mexico woman, two New Mexico landowners, and a New Mexico trade association today welcomed the repeal by Mora County of its 2013 ordinance that violated their constitutional rights by barring energy development and an order by a New Mexico federal district court dismissing their lawsuit.
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  • Miners Urge Reversal of Million Acre Land Withdrawal Ruling

    Apr 10, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 120-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reverse three rulings by an Arizona federal district court in an 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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  • Colorado Taxpayers File Notice of Appeal of RTD Taxes Ruling

    Apr 08, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today filed its notice of 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 Stockmen Support Wyoming in Its Wild Horse Lawsuit

    Apr 06, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Wyoming nonprofit association that began in 1872 and represents 1,000 beef cattle producers today urged a Wyoming federal district court to reject an attempt to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Wyoming demanding that the Secretary of the Department of the Interior fulfill her duty to remove excess wild horses on public lands, including in one of the nation’s largest counties, in central Wyoming along the Colorado border.
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  • Michigan Landowners Reply to Federal Lawyers in Land Rights Case

    Mar 30, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula today replied to a brief filed by federal lawyers with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and again urged the appellate panel 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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  • U.S. Supreme Court Must Review University of Texas’ Use of Race

    Mar 16, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience in constitutional issues today urged the Supreme Court of the United States to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upholding the constitutionality of the use of racial quotas by universities.
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  • Californian’s Appeals of Denial of Attorneys’ Fees Argued

    Mar 13, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A California miner who won the right to placer mine on his claim in the mountains of northern California after a 2007 ruling by the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) today heard his appeal of the ruling of a California federal district court that he may not be reimbursed by the United States for his legal expenses for his victory argued at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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  • Western Group Asks Colorado Court of Appeals to Permit Energy Use

    Mar 12, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation involved across the country in challenging attempts by state and local governments to prohibit the use of private property to develop energy supplies today urged the Colorado Court of Appeals to uphold the ruling of a Colorado state district court striking a similar ban in Longmont, Colorado.
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  • Western Group Urges Reversal of FDR-Era Unconstitutional Taking

    Mar 09, 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 urged the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse a ruling 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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  • Supreme Court Must Hear Texans’ “One Man-One Vote” Appeal

    Mar 06, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation today urged the Supreme Court of the United States to hear a case brought by two Texans challenging the manner in which state senate districts are apportioned.
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  • Wyoming Stockmen Pleased with Ruling in Wild Horse Case

    Mar 03, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Wyoming nonprofit association that began in 1872 and represents 1,000 beef cattle producers today expressed its approval of the ruling by a Wyoming federal district court that refused to overturn a mandate that the Secretary of the Department of the Interior fulfill her 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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  • Arizona Cattlemen Preserve Grazing Rights

    Feb 26, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 110-year old association of Arizona cattlemen today celebrated a ruling by an Arizona federal district court that allows them to continue to exercise their grazing rights while they seek to demonstrate to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that it should not have closed nearly 100,000 acres of federal land to grazing.
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  • Court Rules Against Colorado Taxpayers On RTD Taxes

    Feb 25, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today suffered a set-back when a Denver County District Court rejected its argument that new taxes being collected by three Colorado governmental entities violate the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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