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  • Taxpayer Group Opposes Intervention In Healthcare Case

    Oct 16, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today filed its opposition to a motion by the Colorado Hospital Association to intervene in the group’s lawsuit alleging a state statute violates the Colorado Constitution’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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  • Western Legal Foundation Rues Denial of Certiorari in Race-Based Contracting Case

    Oct 16, 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 learned today that its attempt to return to the Court on behalf of a Texas company seeking to end the federal government’s unconstitutional use of race to award contracts was denied.
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  • Western Legal Foundation Aids Texans in Endangered Species Act Abuse Battle

    Oct 03, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    For decades, a small businessman in rural Texas has allowed youth groups, 4-H clubs, and other members of the community to use his family farm for outdoor education and recreation, free of charge.
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  • Taxpayer Group Opposes Motion to Dismiss in Healthcare Case

    Sep 28, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today responded to a motion to dismiss filed by two Colorado entities and their officials that the group alleges violated the Colorado Constitution’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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  • Reagan Era Lessee’s Pursuit of Attorneys’ Fees for Beating Feds Dismissed

    Sep 26, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Louisiana man was issued a federal oil and gas lease in 1982, but has been denied the right to explore his property ever since. Today the motion he filed for attorneys’ fees and expenses was dismissed without prejudice.
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  • Small Miners Group and Legal Foundation File “Waters of the United States” Comments

    Sep 26, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 122-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members and a western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation today filed comments on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule to rescind the existing definition of “waters of the United States,” as promulgated in 2015, and recodify the pre-2015 definition as the first step in a two-step process to review and revise the definition of “waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act (CWA).
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  • Idaho Woman Urges Trump Administration to End Unconstitutional Corps Firearm Ban

    Sep 13, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    An Idaho woman who is barred from carrying a functional firearm for self-defense while visiting vast federal recreational facilities today urged the Trump administration to end its unconstitutional ban on her Second Amendment rights.
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  • Michigan Landowners’ Victory at Appeals Court Tested by Greens

    Sep 11, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula who won a huge victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit against the U.S. Forest Service and its officials for barring them from using their waterfront property learned today that environmental groups seek en banc review of the ruling.
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  • Western Group and Property Rights Expert Urge Supreme Court: Protect Property Rights

    Aug 31, 2017 | 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 urged 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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  • Wyoming Farm Bureau Supports Appeals Court Ruling in EPA Land Grab Case

    Aug 31, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Wyoming Farm Bureau today urged a Denver-based federal appeals court to reject efforts to overturn a 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel that earlier struck down an edict from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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  • Wyoming Association Battles Green’s Climate Change Scheme

    Aug 17, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    Wyoming’s oldest and largest oil and gas industry trade association today filed its friend of the court brief with a federal district court in Montana to prevent environmental groups from ending energy development in the Powder River Basin.
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  • Western Legal Outfit Joins Fight Against Fed’s Seizure of Private Land in Louisiana

    Aug 11, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western, nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience fighting abuses of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) today joined a nationally significant lawsuit to defend the right of Louisiana landowners not to have their land seized by federal agencies as “habitat” for listed species, even though the species is not found on the property nor is the land hospitable to it.
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  • Western Legal Foundation Greatly Disappointed by Latest Ruling against Utah Landowners

    Aug 08, 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 great disappointment with the refusal of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver to rehear an adverse ruling by a three-judge panel in March of 2017 against Utah landowners.
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  • Western Group and Property Rights Expert Disappointed with En Banc Denial

    Aug 08, 2017 | 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 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected their plea to rehear en banc the appeal brought by Muskegon County, Michigan landowners seeking constitutional relief for use of their private property as a public trail.
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  • Family Owned Oil and Gas Company Sues for Unlawful Lease Cancellations

    Aug 03, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A small, family owned Colorado energy company that holds valuable federal oil and gas leases today sued the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) of the U.S. Department of the Interior, which in May rejected its two administrative appeals, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and the department. WillSource Enterprise, LLC, an oil and gas exploration company owned by Reed Williams of Denver, holds eight oil and gas leases in White River National Forest in Mesa County, Colorado, west of the Thompson Creek Divide.
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  • Wyoming Association Wins Approval to Help Battle Green’s Climate Change Scheme

    Aug 01, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    Wyoming’s oldest and largest oil and gas industry trade association today won the approval of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana to assist federal agencies and private parties in battling a scheme by environmental groups to all but shut down environmental studies necessary for energy development by requiring endless reviews regarding so-called climate change.
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  • Idaho County Settles Public Road Lawsuit with Federal Agency

    Jul 31, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    In rural Idaho, Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) has battled along-side an Idaho county against a federal agency for years to ensure local citizens’ access to four rural rights-of-way the agency tried to deny. Today MSLF settled the lawsuit, filed in 2015 against the United States, after obtaining access to one of the roads.
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  • Colorado Court Grants Taxpayers’ Motion as to Healthcare Tax

    Jul 27, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today celebrated the ruling by a Denver District Court accepting its amended and supplemental complaint against Colorado agencies and their officials for violating the Colorado Constitution’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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  • Western Legal Foundation Aids Texans in Endangered Species Act Battle

    Jul 27, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    DENVER, CO. For decades, a small businessman in rural Texas has allowed church youth groups, 4-H clubs, and others to use his family farm for camping trips free of charge. Now, because of a small spider that lives in caves in the area, not only is this community outreach threatened, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is demanding that the property owner, John Yearwood, must obtain a permit to use of a section of his farm, ostensibly to protect the spider.
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  • Michigan Landowners Win Huge Victory at Appeals Court in Land Case

    Jul 26, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula won a huge victory today at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit when a three-judge panel (2-1) reversed a June 13, 2016, ruling by a Michigan federal district court.
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