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  • Californian Denied Rehearing on Denial of Attorneys’ Fees

    Nov 12, 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 was denied en banc review of the decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit not to overturn 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.
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  • Victorious Wyoming Man Fights Feds for Legal Fees

    Nov 12, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    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 recently got his land back today replied to the United States’ opposition to his request for attorneys’ fees and expenses.
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  • Miners Challenge EPA’s New “Waters of the United States” Rules

    Nov 09, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 120-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members today filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the District of Columbia against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and their top officials over newly released final rules that purport to define “waters of the United States” as set forth in the Clean Water Act (CWA).
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  • Western Legal Foundation Welcomes Landmark Immigration Ruling

    Nov 09, 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 welcomed a 2-1 ruling by a federal appeals court upholding a Texas federal district court injunction that barred implementation of an Obama administration decree.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Lose Appeal of Aspen Bag Tax Case

    Nov 05, 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 lost its appeal before the Colorado Court of Appeals.
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  • Feds Fight Victorious Wyoming Man’s Pursuit of Legal Fees

    Nov 04, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    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 recently got his land back today learned the United States opposes his request for attorneys’ fees and expenses.
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  • Western Law Firm with Wyoming Roots Aids Wyomingite

    Nov 02, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western, public-interest legal foundation with years of experience defending property owners, westerners, and the Wyoming people today announced its legal representation of a Fort Bridger, Wyoming man who sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect his property rights.
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  • Arkansas Family Settles Tort Action Against U.S. Forest Service

    Oct 28, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    An Arkansas family, forebearers of which settled in the Ozark Mountains in 1808, today settled the family’s lawsuit with the United States before an Arkansas federal district court in a tort action that named the U.S. Forest Service.
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  • Appeals Court Must Strike Down Race-Based Contracting

    Oct 28, 2015 | 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 urged a federal appeals court to strike down the federal government’s use of race to award contracts as unconstitutional and thus overturn an earlier ruling by a federal district court.
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  • Supreme Court Must Review California Property Ruling

    Oct 27, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience challenging unconstitutional bars on the right to own and use property today urged the Supreme Court of the United States to review a ruling from the California Supreme Court that those seeking to develop their property must build “affordable housing.” Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) advised the Court that a petition for writ of certiorari filed by the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) as part of its challenge to demands made of landowners by the City of San Jose must be granted.
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  • Miners Rebut Feds in Million Acre Land Withdrawal Appeal

    Oct 22, 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 reject arguments made by federal lawyers and to reverse three rulings by an Arizona federal district court to void an edict by the Secretary of the Interior closing a million acres of federal land in northwestern Arizona to mining.
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  • Wyoming Man, Victorious at Supreme Court, Seeks Legal Fees

    Oct 21, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    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 just last month got his land back today filed documents to obtain his attorneys’ fees and expenses.
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  • Wyoming Stock Growers Sue Over Feds’ Sage Grouse Plan

    Oct 15, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Wyoming nonprofit association that began in 1872 and represents over 1,000 beef cattle producers today filed a challenge to plans by federal officials to change the management of federal lands in Wyoming and to extort actions of third parties who use those lands ostensibly to aid the greater sage grouse.
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  • Californian Seeks Review of Appeals Court Attorneys’ Fees Denial

    Oct 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 sought en banc review of the decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit not to overturn 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.
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  • Michigan Landowners Win at Appeals Court in Land Rights Case

    Oct 09, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula today won their appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; a three-judge panel reversed a ruling of a Michigan federal district court dismissing their lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and its officials for barring use of waterfront property that they own.
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  • Judge Rejects Feds’ Demand for More Delay on Federal Energy Lease

    Oct 08, 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 the initial approval of his application for permit to drill (APD) in 1985 today won a court order requiring prompt decisions by federal officials.
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  • Ohio Woman Not At Risk In Illinois: 2nd Amendment Case Dismissed

    Sep 30, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    An Ohio woman who travels to Illinois to visit and reside in a friend’s home today had her lawsuit in defense of her Second Amendment rights dismissed.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Argue Appeal of Aspen Bag Tax Case

    Sep 30, 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 heard its appeal argued at the Colorado Court of Appeals.
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  • Wyoming Man, Victorious at Supreme Court, Gets Property Back

    Sep 22, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Wyoming man who won a big 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 got the land back today.
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  • Supreme Court Must Restore Teachers’ Speech Rights

    Sep 11, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A western, public-interest legal foundation with years of experience before the Supreme Court of the United States defending constitutional rights today urged that the Court overturn a 1977 ruling that violates school teachers’ First Amendment rights.
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