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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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  • Western Legal Foundation Renews Pursuit of End to Race-Based Federal Contracting

    Jul 25, 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 replied to a brief filed by the Acting Solicitor General of the United States opposing a writ of certiorari by 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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  • Colorado Taxpayers File Supreme Court Reply Brief in RTD Taxes Lawsuit

    Jul 24, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends taxpayers’ rights today filed its reply brief following the decision of the Colorado Supreme Court to review a ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals that upheld a ruling by a Denver County District Court rejecting its argument that new taxes being collected by three Colorado governmental entities violate the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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  • Western Group and Legal Expert Urge Rehearing En Banc for Michigan Landowners

    Jul 24, 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 urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to rehear en banc the appeal brought by Muskegon County, Michigan landowners who sought constitutional relief for use of their private property for a public trail.
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  • United States Government Is Liable As An “Owner” for Superfund

    Jul 19, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit today ruled, consistent with an amici curiae brief filed by two century old mining associations, that the federal government shares “Superfund” liability for waste sites on federal land.
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  • Wyoming Farm Bureau Responds to Appeal of EPA’s Defeat In Wyoming Land Grab Case

    Jul 10, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    The Wyoming Farm Bureau today responded to news that two American Indian tribes sought en banc review of 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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  • Western Legal Foundation: President Trump May Rescind Illegal Monuments

    Jul 10, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience battling illegal orders, decrees, and regulations by the federal government regarding western federal land today argued that President Trump possesses constitutional and legal authority to rescind, revoke, and reduce illegal national monument decrees issued by both President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
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  • Western Legal Foundation’s Demand for End to Race-Based Federal Contracting Opposed

    Jul 07, 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 expressed its disappointment with the opposition filed by the Trump administration to its 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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  • Healthcare “Enterprise” is Unconstitutional, says Taxpayer Group

    Jun 30, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado group that defends the rights of taxpayers today filed a motion to amend and supplement its complaint against two Colorado entities and their officials for violation of the Colorado Constitution’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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  • Wisconsin Family Loses Property Rights Battle

    Jun 23, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience battling attempts by State and local government to deny landowners their right to use their private property today expressed its grave disappointment of the Supreme Court of the United States to failure limit the use of a decades old ruling that was applied to a Wisconsin family that seeks to use two contiguous lots that their family has owned for decades.
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  • Michigan Landowners Appear at Appeals Court in Land Case

    Jun 15, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    Two Michigan landowners in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula had their case argued today at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit asking it to reverse a June 13, 2016, ruling by a Michigan federal district court.
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  • Colorado Taxpayers Appear at Colorado Supreme Court in Aspen Bag Tax Appeal

    Jun 07, 2017 | by William Perry Pendley
    A Colorado nonprofit, public-interest group that educates citizens on the dangers of excessive taxation, regulation, and government spending and protects their right to petition government today argued its case at the Colorado Supreme Court following the court’s decision in September of 2016 to review the ruling of the Colorado Court of Appeals that upheld the constitutionality of a bag tax imposed by the City of Aspen.
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  • Oil and Gas Company Suffers Another Defeat by Administrative Judge

    May 31, 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 yet another defeat before a federal administrative judge who ruled in its administrative appeal of a case as to which the company sought consolidation with the case a judge ruled on days ago.
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  • Western Group and Legal Expert Lament Michigan Landowners’ Loss

    May 31, 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 dismay with the ruling against Muskegon County, Michigan landowners who sought constitutional relief for use of their private property for a public trail before a three-judge appellate panel.
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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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