WELCOME BREAKING NEWS PROPERTY PROTECTION CONTACT US
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 
     
  William Perry Pendley, Esq. 

President and Chief Operating Officer
 

Mountain States Legal Foundation, founded in 1977, is a nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system. Its offices are in suburban Denver, Colorado.

 
To support the work of Mountain States Legal Foundation, please click here.
To support the future work of Mountain States Legal Foundation, please click here.

 
  April 2, 2015
Michigan Landowners Reply to Federal Lawyers
in Land Rights Case

March 30, 2015 – DENVER, CO. Two Michigan landowners in the Wolverine State’s Upper Peninsula today replied to a brief filed by federal lawyers with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and again urged the appellate panel to reverse a ruling of a Michigan federal district court that dismissed their lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and its officials for barring use of waterfront property that they own.
Click here to continue.

Contact:
William Perry Pendley,
303/292-2021, Ext. 30



January 30, 2015

Contact:
William Perry Pendley,
303/292-2021, Ext. 30


Montana Coal Group Fights Minnesota’s Interstate Commerce Ban

January 27, 2015 – DENVER, CO. A Montana nonprofit industry trade association today filed a friend of the court brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit urging the court to affirm the ruling of a federal district court in Minnesota that a law enacted by Minnesota violates the Commerce Clause. Click here to continue.


January 21, 2015

Contact:
William Perry Pendley,
303/292-2021, Ext. 30


Western Group Welcomes Review of FDR Unconstitutional Provision

January 16, 2015 – DENVER, CO. A western, nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience battling for the payment of “just compensation” for the “unconstitutional taking” of property today welcomed a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit involving a regulatory program adopted during the Great Depression that caused the “taking” of a California family’s crops. Click here to continue.


January 17, 2015

Contact:
William Perry Pendley,
303/292-2021, Ext. 30


New Mexicans Urge Federal Court to Reject Mora County’s Arguments

January 15, 2015 – DENVER, CO. A New Mexico woman, two New Mexico landowners, and a New Mexico trade association today urged a New Mexico federal district court to reject arguments made by Mora County and its officials as to a 2013 civil rights lawsuit charging that a county ordinance violated their constitutional rights by barring energy development. Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) for Mary L. Vermillion, JAY Land Ltd. Co., Yates Ranch Property LLC, and the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico (IPANM) charge Mora County’s ordinance violates their rights under the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and corresponding rights under New Mexico’s Constitution. Click here to continue.


Defending Property Rights in the West

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Boulder, Colorado


WILLIAM PERRY PENDLEY

Millennium Harvest House (http://www.millenniumhotels.com/usa/millenniumboulder/)

The sponsor is The Land Use Coalition (landusecoalition.org)
Please also check their Facebook page regarding his talk.
Please make your reservation early, as the room is limited to 100 people.

Perry Pendley will address: "Defending Property Rights in the West" -
an overview on MSLF’s (Mountain State Legal Foundation) battles
in defense of your right to own and use property:

Perry will have available copies of his book Sagebrush Rebel and Sagebrush Rebel – the AUDIOBOOK.
Here is a recent review: http://spectator.org/articles/59350/reagans-strong-interior



October 10, 2014

Contact:
William Perry Pendley,
303/292-2021, Ext. 30


Miners Lose in Challenge to Million Acre Land Withdrawal
September 30, 2014 – DENVER, CO. A 119-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members today suffered defeat in an Arizona federal district court in its attempt to void a decision by the Secretary of the Interior locking up a million acres of federal land in northwestern Arizona be invalidated . Click here to continue.

Ohio Woman Ordered to Brief Law in Gun Ban Case
September 30, 2014 – DENVER, CO. An Ohio woman who travels to Illinois to visit and reside in a friend’s home today was ordered by an Illinois federal district court to file new legal briefs in her suit against Illinois officials in her efforts to have a state law barring her from possessing a firearm or ammunition in Illinois ruled unconstitutional. Click here to continue.



October 2, 2014

Contact:
William Perry Pendley,
303/292-2021, Ext. 30


White House’s Scorn for Constitution Evident in Court
There has been much in the national news about the “lawlessness” of the Obama administration, including this testimony of a self-proclaimed liberal law professor: “We are in the midst of a constitutional crisis with sweeping implications for our system of government[, which] threatens the stability and functionality of our tripartite system….” “We are now at the constitutional tipping point….” Unaddressed, however, is the manner in which the president’s disdain for the other co-equal branches is evident far from Washington. Click here to continue.

September 3, 2014

Contact:
William Perry Pendley,
303/292-2021, Ext. 30


Suing the Feds: Like Waiting for Godot!
There is a reason so many citizens who reach the Supreme Court of the United States in their battles with the federal government and emerge to face reporters and their cameras are elderly, white-haired widows. Fighting the world’s largest law firm is like Waiting for Godot, but worse; Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play was fiction but the ludicrous lengths to which federal lawyers go to avoid judgment day is all too real. Stanley K. Mann of Colorado, now 82, spent 20 years awaiting that day. Click here to continue.

July 30, 2014
Arkansas Family Files Multi-Million Dollar Tort Claim Against the USA - DENVER, CO. An Arkansas family, the forebearers of which settled in the Ozark Mountains in 1808, today filed a nearly five million dollar tort lawsuit against the United States in Arkansas federal district court. Click here to continue.


Diane L. Patrick
Assistant to the President

June 25, 2014

Contact:
William Perry Pendley,
303/292-2021, Ext. 30

Supreme Court Slaps Down EPA’s Green-House Gas Rules
DENVER, CO. The Supreme Court of the United States today sharply limited the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases (GHG) to address so-called climate change. Consistent with a friend of the court brief filed by Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF), the Court held that the Clean Air Act does not compel the EPA to regulate GHG from stationary sources and that the EPA lacked discretion to modify the terms of the federal statute. Click here to continue.

 

 

June 23, 2014
Contact: William Perry Pendley, 303/292-2021, Ext. 30
Idaho Woman Seeks Final Ruling In Second Amendment Lawsuit
June 19, 2014 – DENVER, CO. An Idaho woman who is barred from carrying a functional firearm for self-defense whenever she visits federal recreational facilities today urged an Idaho federal district court to issue a summary judgment in her favor. Elizabeth E. Morris of Nez Perce County is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, regularly carries a concealed weapon, ... click here to continue.

June 18, 2014
Contact: William Perry Pendley, 303/292-2021, Ext. 30

Man Who Waited 30 Years To Drill Wins One; Enviros Denied Entry
June 10, 2014 – DENVER, CO. A Louisiana man issued a federal oil and gas lease in 1982, but denied the right to explore his property since initial approval of his application for permit to drill (APD) in 1985 and who sued to demand the right to use his property today prevailed over an effort by opposition groups to intervene in his lawsuit. Click here to continue.

Alaskans Argue Appeal of Alaska Land Seizure Federal Case
June 3, 2014 – DENVER, CO. Alaskans in Juneau and Seward today had their appeal argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an effort to reverse an Alaska federal district court’s dismissal of their lawsuit against Alaska Department of Natural Resources officials challenging their claim to beds of small streams that cross private property. Click here to continue.

Oil and Gas Outfit Further Supplements Its Energy Rights Appeal
June 11, 2014 – DENVER, CO. A small Colorado energy company that holds valuable federal oil and gas leases, but was denied its right to explore them, today filed additional pleadings in its administrative appeal of the denial. WillSource Enterprise, LLC, an oil and gas exploration company in Denver, holds eight oil and gas leases in the White River National Forest in Mesa County, Colorado, just west of an area commonly referred to as the Thompson Creek Divide. Click here to continue.


May 15, 2014
Miners Seek Summary Judgment On Illegal Million Acre Withdrawal
Contact: William Perry Pendley, 303/292-2021, Ext. 30

January 23, 2014
Brandt v. United States
Contact: William Perry Pendley, 303/292-2021, Ext. 30
I have just returned from the appearance by Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) before the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of our Wyoming client, Marvin Brandt. Now that I have finished the work that piled up during my time in Washington, D.C., including fundraising efforts for 2013, I want to report to you on the arguments. Click here to continue.

January 9, 2014
Western Group Wins Final Victory at Federal Appeals Court
Contact: William Perry Pendley, 303/292-2021, Ext. 30
December 27, 2013 – DENVER, CO. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia today refused to rehear a September 2013 ruling affirming a September 2012 ruling by a Pennsylvania federal district court in favor of Pennsylvania energy operators. Click here to continue.

December 27, 2013
Appeal of U.S. Postal Service Gun Ban Lawsuit Briefed
Contact: William Perry Pendley, 303/292-2021, Ext. 30
A Colorado man and a national gun rights group today briefed their cross-appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit of the ruling of a Colorado federal district court on Postal Service regulations. Click here to continue.

August 5, 2012
EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT—NEITHER EQUAL NOR JUST - William Perry Pendley, Esq.
President and Chief Operating Officer Mountain States Legal Foundation

October 2, 2009
Supreme Court: Heal Thyself And Rein In Congress!

March 2, 2009
In The Land of Lincoln, Is Money Property?

February 13, 2009
Bequeath to Mountain States Legal Foundation

February 13, 2009
February Mountain States Legal Foundation Newsletter

September 2, 2008
Ninth Circuit Gets It Right: No Indian Religion Veto

May 1, 2008
States' Decade-Old "Dialogue on Race" Dooms Quotas