Lawsuit Challenges Bison Transfer To Ted Turner

BILLINGS, Mont. – (AP) A coalition of wildlife advocates on Tuesday asked a Montana judge to overturn an agreement that allowed dozens of Yellowstone National Park bison to be transferred onto billionaire Ted Turner's private ranch. Four wildlife groups that opposed last month's transfer...

Montana Judge: Weed-Spraying Plan Could Hurt Bears

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) A federal judge in Montana has ruled that a U.S. Forest Service plan to spray herbicide from helicopters over the Kootenai National Forest does not adequately protect dozens of grizzly bears. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy says the agency's plan to allow multiple low-altitude...

Utah, Wyo. Seek To Intervene In Mont. Gun Lawsuit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - (AP) State officials in Wyoming and Utah plan to enter a lawsuit pending in Montana to argue the federal government lacks authority to regulate firearms that are made and sold in the same state. The attorneys general of Wyoming and Utah say they plan to file a brief in the Montana...

Judge To Hear Arguments In Wolf Delisting Lawsuit

HELENA Mont. – (AP) A federal judge in Missoula will hear oral arguments June 15 on whether gray wolves in Montana and Idaho should be removed from the list of federally protected species. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy filed paperwork Monday scheduling the hearing. Full version available to...

Advocates: Wolf Case A Test For Endangered Species

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) A federal court hearing on Tuesday could decide how the federal Endangered Species Act is interpreted, and whether the government can use political considerations in choosing how and where a species can be listed under the act, according to people on both sides of the issue. Full...

Federal Judge Dismisses States' Gun Lawsuit

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) A federal judge in Missoula has dismissed a lawsuit by gun rights advocates and states seeking freedom from federal gun laws, a move that the advocates promised to appeal. The decision Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy was expected since his magistrate a month ago...

Montana Sues Online Travel Companies Over Taxes

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) Montana is suing more than a dozen online travel companies, claiming the companies shortchange the state on hotel taxes. The lawsuit filed Monday by the state Department of Revenue is an escalation of Gov. Brian Schweitzer's dispute. . . . Full version available to lexis.com...

Montana Files Lawsuit Over Late Video Fees

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) People who didn't return movies to Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery before they closed their doors for good last year may run into credit trouble when looking to take out a mortgage or finance a car. That's because a debt collection agency filed negative reports to credit...

Lawsuits Filed Against Jesuits In Oregon Bankruptcy Court

PORTLAND, Ore. - (AP) Attorneys representing a group of people who allege sexual abuse by Jesuit priests have filed 37 lawsuits in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Portland, seeking about $3.1 million. The Oregonian reports that the lawsuits f iled late Thursday contend that the order's Oregon Province paid...

Judge: Resort Lawsuit Can Go On, But No RICO Claim

BILLINGS, Mont. - (AP) A federal judge in Idaho ruled that Credit Suisse can be sued by property owners over loans the international banking giant made to luxury resorts that went broke. The judge also dismissed a racketeering claim against Credit Suisse in the multibillion-dollar case. The ruling Thursday...

Montana Judge Rules Against Gay Couples Seeking Rights

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) A Montana judge on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that sought to extend to gay couples the same legal protections as married couples, saying in his decision that he can't grant the benefits partly because of the state's voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage as...

High Court Says Modern Irrigation Techniques Do Not Violate Water Rights Pact

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on May 2 held that Wyoming farmers and ranchers are not violating a 1950s water pact with Montana by using modern sprinkler irrigation that returns less runoff water to the Yellowstone River system used by Montana's farmers and ranchers ( State...

High Court Sides With Wyoming In Water Dispute With Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. - (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Wyoming farmers are not taking too much water from a river system they share with neighboring Montana. The high court turned away Montana's complaint that Wyoming was violating a 1950 agreement between the states by depleting water from...

Illinois Teacher Sues Author Over 'Three Cups Of Tea'

CHICAGO - (AP) Efforts to start a class-action lawsuit against "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson in Montana now include Illinois. Former teacher Deborah Netter of Lake County filed suit this month in Illinois federal court against Mortenson, his coauthor and publisher seeking damages...

Illinois Woman Drops Lawsuit Against 'Three Cups Of Tea' Author

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) An Illinois woman has dropped her lawsuit against "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, leaving just one legal claim that millions of people were duped into buying Mortenson's books and donating to his charity based on lies. Former teacher Deborah Netter dropped...

Delaware Federal Judge Overrules Objections, Confirms W.R. Grace's Chapter 11 Plan

WILMINGTON, Del. - (Mealey's) A Delaware federal judge on Jan. 30 overruled all remaining objections to W.R. Grace & Co.'s Chapter 11 plan of reorganization and confirmed the plan, which includes establishment of a trust to pay asbestos personal injury claims having an estimated total value...

Montana Museum Demands Return of Its Property

DENVER - A Montana man who has battled the federal government and its lawyers for years and is now represented by a nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation known as a defender of Americans’ right to own and use property on June 21 demanded the return of property taken from him. Mountain States...