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  • Western Legal Foundation Urges High Court Review of ObamaCare

    Nov 25, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience challenging the constitutionality of federal laws today filed a friend of the court brief with the Supreme Court of the United States urging that it review an appeals court decision regarding ObamaCare.
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  • Miners “Waters of the United States” Challenge to Sixth Circuit

    Nov 24, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    A 120-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members today learned its lawsuit 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” in the Clean Water Act (CWA) had been transferred to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
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  • Western Legal Foundation Responds to Federal Filing

    Nov 23, 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 approval of his application for permit to drill (APD) in 1985, today responded to a brief filed by the United States government in which it argued that it has authority to cancel his lease.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Seek Rehearing in Aspen Bag Tax Appeal

    Nov 18, 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 urged the Colorado Court of Appeals to rehear its case; earlier a three-judge panel denied the appeal.
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  • Wyoming Farm Bureau Battles EPA Land Grab at Appeals Court

    Nov 17, 2015 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Wyoming Farm Bureau today heard its lawsuit argued before a federal appeals court in its 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 1.48 million acres of Wyoming.
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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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