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Detroit-based attorney writes book on RLUIPA, the religious land-use law

DETROIT, Mich. – Attorney Daniel Dalton, a founding partner of Dalton & Tomich, PLC, today announced the release of his new book published by the American Bar Association. “Litigating Religious Land Use Cases” examines and discusses the continually evolving area of religious land use and zoning within the context of a 2000 federal law called, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”). Dalton is among the country’s most knowledgeable and experienced experts in religious land use and zoning law. He has served as both lead counsel, and co-counsel, in more than 40 cases on behalf of religious organizations across the nation.

“Litigating Religious Land Use Cases” provides unique perspectives and case studies on landmark RLUIPA cases whereby cities and municipalities sought to deny religious entities such as churches, mosques, temples and synagogues rights to land use in order to maintain areas for tax generating retail, residential, entertainment and industrial uses. Such discrimination has become increasingly prominent in recent years – and defense strategies are becoming more and more sophisticated in practice.

“We are seeing communities argue these cases with more intense vigor, nuance and creativity than ever before,” Dalton said. “New defense tactics are necessitating new approaches on behalf of religious organizations seeking to use land for religious assemblies.”

Dalton & Tomich, PLC has won landmark RLUIPA cases for clients across the country, including several precedent-setting decisionsin California, Mississippi, Illinois, Michigan, Texas and Pennsylvania. In 2012, the firm secured a $1.1 million verdict on behalf of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, a Catholic high school in San Diego, California. This decision is the largest religious land use trial verdict in the history of the Act.

“This book was written with the ultimate goal of serving as a true resource for schools and universities in the religious and legal realms,” added Dalton. “I hope it sheds a brighter light on how ‘the little guys’ can stand up for themselves – with some help and guidance.”

“Litigating Religious Land Use” is available at ShopABA.org

Dalton & Tomich, PLC is a law firm specializing in providing guidance to leading religious organizations, businesses and financial institutions across the nation. For more information, the firm’s experience as a national leaders in representing churches, temples, mosques, synagogues and other religious organizations in RLUIPA cases, visit https://www.attorneysforlanduse.com or https://www.daltontomich.com.

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