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  • Former Top Official Deserves Rebuffing by Supreme Court in Wyoming Land Grab Case

    May 18, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation today urged the Supreme Court of the United States to deny a petition filed by a former top official of the Obama administration, now with one of the nation’s most prestigious law firms, in his effort to overturn the Farm Bureau’s successful challenge to an edict from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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  • BOULDER’S ASSAULT ON THE RIGHT OF SELF-DEFENSE TRIGGERS LAWSUIT

    May 16, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    A group of Boulder residents who face heavy fines and jail time for the mere possession of firearms that are legal throughout Colorado and the United States filed a lawsuit today challenging the Boulder City Council’s actions last night.
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  • Michigan Landowners Urge Supreme Court to Reject Enviro’s Plea

    May 07, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    After almost four years of litigation, two Michigan landowners today urged the Supreme Court of the United States to reject a plea by environmental groups to overturn their victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
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  • Rural Utah Communities Join Fight to Protect Western Way of Life

    Apr 30, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    Three rural, isolated, and federal land dominated Utah counties that suffered economic privation from illegal national monument decrees today sought to join in lawsuits filed by powerful environmental groups against President Trump.
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  • Western Group and Property Rights Expert Disappointed with Supreme Court Ruling

    Apr 24, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience defending private property rights and a renowned legal historian and property rights expert today expressed their disappointment with the failure of the Supreme Court of the United States to restore the full constitutional rights of private property owners by ruling those rights can be invalidated only by an Article III court, that is, a federal district court, after a trial by jury.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Suffer Loss at Supreme Court in RTD Lawsuit

    Apr 23, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends taxpayers’ rights learned today the Colorado Supreme Court ruled against it following oral arguments before the court on November 14, 2017.
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  • Feds Flood Church Camp for Inner City Kids

    Apr 18, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    For seven years, Pastor Victor Fuentes battled the federal government to protect his church’s camp for kids outside Pahrump, Nevada. It was a battle he did not expect when he fled Fidel Castro’s dictatorship to come to a land where the Constitution protects property rights.
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  • Western Litigator Responds to Lawsuit by Colorado Local Governments

    Apr 17, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    A lawsuit by the City of Boulder, Boulder County, and San Miguel County against ExxonMobil and Suncor demanding the “companies pay their fair share of the costs associated with climate change impacts” purportedly caused by “their reckless actions and damages,” drew the following response from William Perry Pendley, president of Mountain States Legal Foundation.
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  • Family-Owned Energy Company Argues Illegal Cancellation of Its Leases

    Apr 16, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    On Friday, WillSource Enterprise LLC, a small family-owned oil and gas company located in Denver, argued in Colorado federal district court that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) illegally and retroactively cancelled three valid leases to prevent energy development in the White River National Forest in western Colorado.
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  • Environmental Hysteria Threatens All Oil and Gas Development in Colorado

    Apr 02, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    An unprecedented decision from the Colorado Court of Appeals threatens to shut down all new oil and gas development in Colorado due to alarmism over so-called climate change.
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  • Long-Time Western Public Interest Attorney Enters Private Practice of Law

    Mar 31, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    Steven J. Lechner, Esq. of Mountain States Legal Foundation today resigned his position to enter the private practice of law. Mr. Lechner was first hired by the nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation in 1991 and, after a brief hiatus in private practice, returned to the Foundation and, in 2009, became Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Over the decades, on behalf of the Foundation, he represented scores of clients from coast to coast and border to border.
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  • Western Legal Group and Property Rights Expert Disappointed with Supreme Court

    Mar 26, 2018 | 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 Supreme Court of the United States declined to review a Michigan case involving the constitutional right to trial by jury.
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  • Wyoming Association Relieved by Ruling on Green’s Climate Change Scheme

    Mar 26, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    Wyoming’s oldest and largest oil and gas industry trade association today expressed relief with a Montana federal district court’s ruling in a lawsuit in which it filed a friend of the court brief to assist federal agencies and private parties in battling a scheme by environmental groups to require further environmental studies of “climate change.”
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  • Louisiana Man Appears in Federal Court to Defend Reagan Era Contract

    Mar 14, 2018 | 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 had his case argued before a District of Columbia federal district court.
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  • Wyoming Ranchers Win Right to Be Heard to Defend Against Grizzly Bears Predation

    Mar 14, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    Today, a federal judge agreed that Wyoming ranchers add an important voice to the discussion over how to deal with the rebounded grizzly bear population around Yellowstone National Park.
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  • Colorado Woman Asks Supreme Court to Restore Her Valuable Mining Rights

    Mar 09, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado geologist with an international reputation had her dreams of remuneration for years of hard work searching for elusive valuable mineral deposits in the scorching heat of northern Arizona dashed by the Obama administration.
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  • Westerner Demands Ending Obama Racial Quotas in School Discipline Now!

    Mar 02, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western legal expert who has argued and won cases before the Supreme Court of the United States regarding the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee today renewed his demand that the Trump administration withdraw a 2014 order by the Obama administration establishing racial quotas for disciplining public school students.
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  • Wyoming Ranchers Fight for Relief from Deadly Predation by Dangerous Grizzly Bears

    Feb 28, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    Wyoming ranchers who know first-hand the deadly consequences of an ever-growing grizzly bear population have long been unable to protect their families, workers, livestock, or property because of the Endangered Species Act.
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  • Western Legal Foundation Praises President Trump’s Call to Arm and Train Teachers

    Feb 22, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience defending the “right to keep and bear arms” today praised President Trump’s call for arming and training school teachers to permit those who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights to do so in defense of themselves and their students.
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  • Former Top Official Asks Supreme Court to Approve Obama Wyoming Land Grab

    Feb 16, 2018 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation learned today that a former top official of the Obama administration, now with one of the nation’s most prestigious law firms, joined with another preeminent Washington, D.C. law firm, in an effort to overturn the Farm Bureau’s successful challenge to an edict from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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