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  • Wyoming Man Settles Legal Fees Claim After SCOTUS Victory

    May 16, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    May 16, 2017 – DENVER, CO. 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 settled his claim for attorneys’ fees and expenses with the agency.
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  • Western Legal Foundation Praises Ruling in Racial Preference Case

    May 16, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    May 16, 2017 – DENVER, CO. 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 today celebrated the decision of a federal appeals court that overturned the ruling of a Montana federal district court upholding the use of racial preferences in highway contracting.
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  • Miners Oppose Belated Enviro Intervention in Ten Million Acre Sage-Grouse Lockup Case

    May 10, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 120-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members today filed its opposition to the belated attempt by four environmental groups to intervene in a lawsuit it filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C. in 2016 challenging a decision by federal officials, allegedly to protect the sage-grouse, to restrict unlawfully mineral exploration and development on millions of acres of federal land in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.
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  • Oil and Gas Company Suffers Defeat by Administrative Judge

    May 10, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A small Colorado energy company that holds valuable federal oil and gas leases, but was denied its right to explore them, today suffered defeat before a federal administrative judge who ruled in its administrative appeal of the denial.
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  • Department of Justice Letter

    May 08, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
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  • Colorado Federal District Court Kills Long-Running TABOR Lawsuit

    May 05, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    Colorado taxpayers defending the right to limit spending by use of a constitutional amendment today celebrated the ruling of a federal district court that individual Colorado legislators may not challenge the constitutionality of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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  • Supreme Court of the United States Briefed on “Waters of the United States” Challenge

    May 03, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 122-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members today briefed the Supreme Court of the United States following its decision to decide a key procedural matter in the association’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and top officials over 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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  • EPA’s Attempt to Bury Its Colorado Gold Mine Disaster Is Illegal

    Apr 26, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western, nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience litigating regarding environmental statutes today filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on behalf of two national mining groups, a Colorado miner, and his company to join in challenging designation of a Superfund site.
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  • New Mexico Ranch Disappointed with Mexico Wolf Plan Loss at Federal Appeals Court

    Apr 24, 2017 | 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 expressed its disappointment with the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversing the ruling of a New Mexico federal district court in favor of the State of New Mexico for the refusal of federal officials to comply with State Law regarding the Mexican wolf.
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  • DOJ Response to Pendley School Discipline Letter 042117

    Apr 21, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
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  • Western Legal Foundation Seeks End to Race-Based Awarding of Federal Contracts

    Apr 13, 2017 | 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 filed a petition for writ of certiorari on behalf of a Texas company that suffered defeats in its attempt to end the federal government’s use of race to award contracts as unconstitutional, both before a federal district court and a court of appeals.
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  • Department of Education Letter dated 040717

    Apr 07, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
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  • Letter to DOJ and DOE regarding Racial Disparity Letter

    Apr 04, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
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  • Westerner Calls for Voiding of Obama Race-Based School Discipline Policy

    Apr 04, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western legal and public policy expert who has argued and won cases before the Supreme Court of the United States regarding the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee today urged the Trump administration to withdraw a controversial 2014 order by the Obama administration requiring public schools to discipline students on the basis of their race.
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  • Western Legal Foundation Dismayed by Ruling Against Utah Landowners

    Mar 29, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience challenging application of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) today expressed its disappointment with a ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver in an appeal filed by Utah landowners.
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  • Westerner Calls for Withdrawal of Illegal Obama Immigration Decree

    Mar 28, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western legal and public policy expert who has argued and won cases before the Supreme Court of the United States today urged the Trump administration to withdraw a controversial 2014 immigration order by the Obama administration.
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  • Miners Celebrate Rejection of Fed’s Demand to Break Up Land Lockup Case

    Mar 21, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 122-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members today celebrated the rejection by a federal district court in Washington, D.C. of the demand by federal lawyers to break up and transfer its complaint challenging a decision by federal officials, allegedly to protect the sage-grouse, to restrict unlawfully mineral exploration and development on millions of acres of federal land in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.
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  • Miners Group Urges Reversal of California Mining Ruling

    Mar 08, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 122-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members that filed a friend of the court brief before the California Supreme Court in defense of a miner charged with violating the State’s criminal prohibition against suction dredge mining today urged the Supreme Court of the United States to review the ruling of that court that the federal mining law does not preempt California’s ban on suction dredge mining.
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  • Trump Administration Seeks Resolution of Idaho Woman’s Army Corps Gun Ban Battle

    Mar 03, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    An Idaho woman who is barred from carrying a functional firearm for self-defense when she visits vast federal recreational facilities today learned of the Trump administration’s intention to codify her victory before an Idaho federal district court, which ruled the federal government agency’s ban on firearms violates the Second Amendment, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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  • Wyoming Farm Bureau Defeats EPA Wyoming Land Grab

    Feb 22, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Wyoming Farm Bureau today celebrated the 2-1 ruling of a three-judge panel of a Denver-based federal appeals court that struck down an edict from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that 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—have jurisdiction over 1.48 million acres of Wyoming. In early 2014, the group petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit contesting the EPA’s December of 2013 decision to grant “Tribe-as-State” status under the federal Clean Air Act.
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