Breaking : government conspired to deprive Nevada rancher of property rights

May 29, 2013 | By BRIAN HODGES

Nevada rancher E. Wayne Hage has been fighting the federal government for decades over his historical rights to water livestock, irrigate his ranch, and use water for domestic purposes. In the early 1990s, Hage filed a takings lawsuit in the Court of Federal Claims, arguing that the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management … ...


PLF asks Supreme Court to protect western water rights

March 05, 2013 | By BRIAN HODGES

Last week, PLF attorneys filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the estates of Nevada ranchers, E. Wayne and Jane Hage. The Hages, and their children, have been fighting for over twenty years to preserve their water rights from federal agencies. Water rights, like those owned by the Hages, are … ...


An incomparable hero of the modern American West

September 18, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

Earlier this year, I wrote about the decades-long battle being waged between Nevada rancher E. Wayne Hage and federal agencies over his property and water rights. After receiving a mixed decision from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Hage’s estate filed a petition for rehearing, demonstrating its commitment to preserving those rights tha ...


Court of Appeals leaves many questions unanswered in its decision reversing Hage’s takings award

July 31, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

Last week, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in United States v. Hage, reversing Senior Judge Loren Smith’s 2008 decision concluding that the government had taken Hage’s property.  As most of you probably know, this 21-year old case arose from the federal government’s heavy-handed efforts to strip away the ...