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The Book on RLUIPA: Litigating Religious Land Use Cases

Daniel P. Dalton of Dalton & Tomich, PLC is the author of the nation’s first definitive guide to the 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 book is an invaluable resource for religious entities and practitioners. It provides practical advice intended to afford sound instruction for religious entities and lawyers representing them to navigate the challenges and uncertainties surrounding a religious land use claim.

With over a decade of experience litigating religious land use cases, Dan provides a critical review of:

  • The history of religious land use
  • 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.
  • Other topics pertinent to religious land use litigation

From the history to the filing to settling, Dan covers the essentials on how religious entities should navigate the path of approval of a religious use claim, or in the event the use is denied and the community violates the law, litigate land use claims on behalf of religious entities throughout the United States – primarily through RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. It is shown that 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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Dalton & Tomich, PLC is the national leader in successfully helping churches, other religious institutions and their insurers defend their rights in land use and zoning matters under RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. We have helped clients win cases against municipalities and other local government bodies from coast to coast, with expertise serving both as general counsel and special litigation counsel.