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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arizona Immigration Law Argument

DENVER - The Supreme Court of the United States on April 25 heard oral arguments on whether to reverse a ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that an Arizona law that addresses the local impacts of illegal immigration is unconstitutional. Before each of...

Energy Operators Contend Environmental Groups are Wrong in Pennsylvania Energy Case

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - Energy operators in Pennsylvania, after a victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia in September 2011, which affirmed the December 2009 ruling of a Pennsylvania federal district court regarding the property rights of oil and gas...

Alaska Miners Seek Court Ordered Return Of Valuable Claims

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - Three Alaska miners who sued U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar among others in Alaska federal district court after their claims were declared null and void by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on May 21 urged the court to grant them summary judgment ( Mullikin...

Mountain States Legal Foundation: Westerners: Supreme Court Must Review Clinton Road Rule

June 18, 2012 - DENVER, CO. A western, nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversing a Wyoming federal district court's ruling that President Clinton's lame...

Supreme Court Ruling On 'ObamaCare' Dismays Mountain States Legal Foundation

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A western, nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience addressing constitutional issues at the Supreme Court of the United States and the federal courts of appeals on June 28 expressed dismay at the 5-4 ruling of the Supreme Court reversing...

Mountain States Legal Foundation Says U.S. Supreme Court Upheld Core Provision of Arizona Immigration Law

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - The Supreme Court of the United States on June 25 unanimously upheld an Arizona law that allows law enforcement officers to determine the immigration status of individuals they stop who are suspected of being in the country illegally ( Arizona v. United States , No...

Western Legal Group Argues Energy Case in Pennsylvania Court

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - Energy operators in Pennsylvania, after a victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia in September 2011( Minard Run Oil Company v. United States Forest Service , No. 10-1265, 3rd Cir. [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers...

Montana Supreme Court Upholds Victory For Petroleum Industry

By William Perry Pendley DENVER- A Montana voluntary, nonprofit trade association of oil and natural gas producers, gathering and pipeline outfits, petroleum refineries, and service providers and consultants that seeks to maintain a favorable climate for the petroleum industry on June 19 celebrated...

Texas Psychologist's Lawsuit Survives Motion To Dismiss

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A Texas psychologist, who is also an attorney and is recognized nationally for her expertise and experience, on June 26 survived a motion to dismiss her lawsuit alleging that the State of Texas bars her unconstitutionally from accurately describing who she is and...

Western Legal Group Wins Property Rights Ruling in Pennsylvania Court

DENVER - Energy operators in Pennsylvania, after winning at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia in September 2011, which upheld a December 2009 ruling by a Pennsylvania federal district court regarding the property rights of oil and gas operators, on Sept. 6 celebrated the...

Western Group: U.S. Supreme Court Must Hear Mining Case

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A 117-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members on Oct. 5 urged the Supreme Court of the United States to hear a ruling by a badly fractured en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Northwest Mining...

Nebraska Lawyer Sues Bar Association Over Speech Rights

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A Nebraska attorney on Oct. 9 filed a lawsuit against the Nebraska State Bar Association in federal district court in Lincoln charging that it violates his rights under the Constitution's First and Fourteenth Amendments. Scott Lautenbaugh, Esq., an Omaha, Nebraska...

Nebraska Lawyer Seeks Class Certification And Injunction

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A Nebraska attorney on Oct. 12 filed additional pleadings in his lawsuit against the Nebraska State Bar Association in federal district court in Lincoln charging that it violates his rights under the Constitution's First and Fourteenth Amendments. Scott Lautenbaugh...

10th Circuit Orders Feds To File In Property Rights Case

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit on Oct. 25 ordered the United States to respond to a motion by a Wyoming man who seeks to overturn a ruling by a Wyoming federal district court in favor of the U.S. Forest Service in a dispute over whether his land may...

California Miner Appeals Denial of Attorneys' Fees

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A California miner who won the right to engage in placer mining on his claim in the mountains of northern California after a February 2007 ruling by the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) on Jan. 24 appealed the ruling of a California federal district court that...

Nebraska Lawyer's Lawsuit Against State Bar Association Will Go Forward

DENVER - A Nebraska federal district court on Feb. 4 refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Nebraska attorney who sued the Nebraska State Bar Association in federal district court in Lincoln charging that it violates his rights under both the Constitution's First and 14th Amendments. The State Bar...

Court Rebuffs Miners: Withdrawal Law Constitutional

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - An Arizona federal district court on March 20 rejected arguments by a 117-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members that had argued that a federal law, which was used to lock-up a million acres of federal land in northwestern...

Wyoming Man’s ‘Just Compensation’ Case Reinstated by Washington, D.C., Appeals Court

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A Wyoming man whose lawsuit-in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., for "just compensation" for use of his private property as a federal trail-was dismissed in November 2011, won a victory March 26 when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

Miner Battles Forest Service’s Attempt to Moot Lawsuit

DENVER - A Colorado man who owns 10 valuable mining claims in the White River National Forest in north-central Colorado on June 19 filed legal documents to resist an attempt by the federal government to dismiss his lawsuit in federal district court challenging the refusal of the U.S. Forest Service to...

Coloradoan and Group Argue Postal Service Gun Case

DENVER - A rural Colorado man and a national gun rights group, through counsel, on June 18 appeared before a Colorado federal district court to argue for a ruling against the U.S. Postal Service in their lawsuit charging that the Postal Service’s ban on possession of firearms on its property violates...

Miners Seek Final Judgment on Withdrawal Law

DENVER - A 117-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members, which had argued that a federal law used to lock-up a million acres of federal land in northwestern Arizona is unconstitutional, on June 12 sought final judgment from an Arizona federal district court...

Supreme Court Strikes Arizona Voting Law But Opens Door

DENVER - A western, public-interest legal foundation on June 17 responded to the 7-2 ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States upholding a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc , that struck down an Arizona voter-approved ballot initiative requiring proof of...

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...

Legal Foundation: Supreme Court Must Reverse Appeals Court Equal Protection Ruling

DENVER ­­- A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation on July 1 urged the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit invalidating a voter-approved ballot initiative barring discrimination by the State of Michigan on the...

California Energy Group Defends Oil and Gas Leasing

DENVER - A California nonprofit, non-partisan trade association that represents some 450 independent crude oil and natural gas producers, royalty owners, and service and supply companies on Juje 25 filed its brief with a California federal district court defending federal oil and gas leasing in the nation’s...