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Daniel P. Dalton of Dalton & Tomich, PLC is the author of the nation’s first definitive guide to litigation of cases under RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (42 U.S.C. 2000cc). Published by the State and Local Government Law Section of the American Bar Association, Litigating Religious Land Use Cases has received praise from attorneys and religious leaders alike.

With a second edition published in October 2016, this RLUIPA book is considered an invaluable resource for religious entities and every property dispute attorney that serves them. It provides practical advice intended to give religious entities and the lawyers representing them sound instruction on how to navigate the challenges and uncertainties surrounding a religious land use claim or RLUIPA zoning dispute.

Litigating Religious Land Use Cases is a comprehensive review with insights that Mr. Dalton gained over more than a decade litigating religious land use cases. The book features:

  • The history of religious land use
  • RLUIPA summary and in-depth details
  • Constitutionality of RLUIPA
  • Claims under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000
  • Related religious land use claims such as First Amendment Free Exercise Claims, Free Speech Claims, First Amendment Retaliation, etc.
  • Variety of topics pertinent to religious land use litigation

From the history behind the laws to filing to settling, Dan covers the essentials on how religious entities should navigate the path to approval for a religious use claim, or in the event the use is denied and the community violates the law, how to litigate land use claims on behalf of religious entities.

The advice within the book applies to religious groups throughout the United States, primarily through RLUIPA. It exemplifies how RLUIPA is a valuable legislative tool that not only levels the playing field but also promotes the viability of social growth in the community.

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