Human Rights Court Slams Turkey for Arrest of Journalist

Europe’s human rights court on Tuesday lambasted Turkish authorities for violating a prominent investigative journalist’s rights when they tossed him in prison for months during a crackdown on people perceived to be enemies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Numbers Don’t Bode Well for Tribe’s Appeal on Rights to Maine River

A Native American tribe that claims the right to regulate fishing, boating and other recreation on one of Maine’s most important rivers found itself paddling upstream Tuesday in the First Circuit, but it made considerable progress nonetheless.

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Bayou Bridge Pipeline ‘Trampled’ Landowner Rights, Court Rules

In a win for landowners whose land was taken by a pipeline company, a Louisiana state appeal court Thursday ruled that Bayou Bridge Pipeline, which was constructed as the final stretch of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, “trampled” their rights when it cut across their properties without their permission.

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Dinosaur Fossils

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a ruling in favor of ranch owners, finding they are the sole owners of dinosaur fossils discovered on their property. The Montana Supreme Court answered a certified question concluding that dinosaur fossils were not a “mineral” and belonged to the surface estate, and that decision requires a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs. 

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Landowners Lose Again in Fight to Strip Protections for Rare Spider

A rare species of blind, cave-dwelling spider in the Central Texas hill country will remain federally protected under the Endangered Species Act for now, despite a legal fight brought by landowners and private property advocates who claim the spider’s protection has threatened development projects and led to tens of millions of dollars in permitting costs.

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Super-Rich on California Beachfront Lose Campaign to Stop Coastal Access by Public

A pristine stretch of California coast is controlled by a super-rich set with showpiece cars and 100-acre-minimum estates. While aggressively stopping any outsider that get close to long stretch of pristine coves and beaches, the “ranch” owners have managed to also engineer a tax break. But all that looks about to change.

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