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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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  • Colorado Taxpayers Brief Their Appeal In Aspen Bag Tax Case

    Feb 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 opening brief with the Colorado Court of Appeals.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Argue For Favorable Ruling Over RTD Taxes

    Feb 02, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today appeared before a Denver County District Court and urged the court to rule that new taxes being collected by three Colorado governmental entities violate the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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  • Montana Coal Group Fights Minnesota’s Interstate Commerce Ban

    Jan 27, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Montana nonprofit industry trade association today filed a friend of the court brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit urging the court to affirm the ruling of a federal district court in Minnesota that a law enacted by Minnesota violates the Commerce Clause.
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  • Wyoming Stockmen Argue for Property Rights In Wild Horse Case

    Jan 27, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Wyoming nonprofit association that began in 1872 and represents 1,000 beef cattle producers today filed a friend of the court brief in Wyoming federal district court opposing an effort to overturn a mandate that the Secretary of the Department of the Interior fulfill his 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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  • Western Group Welcomes Review of FDR Unconstitutional Provision

    Jan 16, 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 welcomed a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to review a decision 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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  • New Mexicans Urge Federal Court to Reject Mora County’s Arguments

    Jan 15, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A New Mexico woman, two New Mexico landowners, and a New Mexico trade association today urged a New Mexico federal district court to reject arguments made by Mora County and its officials as to a 2013 civil rights lawsuit charging that a county ordinance violated their constitutional rights by barring energy development.
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  • Michigan Landowners Urge Reversal Of Property Rights Ruling

    Jan 09, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 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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  • Wyoming Farm Bureau Draws Support of Ten States in Its EPA Battle

    Jan 05, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Wyoming Farm Bureau today drew the support of ten States in its federal appeals court battle to reverse a decision of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that granted 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—jurisdiction over the City of Riverton, Wyoming and its residents.
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  • Western Nonprofit Legal Foundation Challenges IRS Regulations

    Dec 29, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience before the Supreme Court of the United States today filed its friend of the court brief urging that the Court overturn regulations adopted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which conflict with express language enacted in the federal law popularly known as ObamaCare.
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  • Western Firm Prevails As To Tribal Jurisdiction Over Non-Indians

    Dec 23, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nationally known, nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience addressing legal and constitutional issues as to American Indians was vindicated today when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the ruling of an Arizona federal district court that a Navajo District Court has no jurisdiction over non-Indians in a civil lawsuit filed for allegedly tortious conduct on an Arizona highway.
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  • Wyoming Farm Bureau Urges Reversal Of EPA Indian Ruling

    Dec 05, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Wyoming Farm Bureau today urged a federal appeals court to reverse a decision of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that granted 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—jurisdiction over the City of Riverton, Wyoming and its residents.
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  • Western Legal Group Attacks EPA War on Coal Regulations

    Dec 01, 2014 | by William Perry Pendley
    The attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to do what Congress refused to do, that is, kill coal-fired power plants across America, drew a reprimand today from a western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation long involved in litigation regarding the Clean Air Act (CAA) and a demand that the agency withdraw its proposal. Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) asserted in official comments filed with the EPA that the agency lacks the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emitted by existing stationary sources, that the cost of its new regulations is exorbitant and unreasonable, and that the regulations flout the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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