A big thank you to our friend and colleague from Detroit, Dan Dalton, who sent us a recently-published book which he authored, "Litigating Religious Land Use Cases."
This book discusses how to litigate such a religious land use case on behalf of a religious entity pursuant to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”) and the First Amendment. While the First Amendment dates to the founding days of the United States, RLUIPA is a much more recent federal law that can serve as an effective tool in protecting the property interests of religious organizations.
A must-have for any land use lawyer (even if you don't focus on religious land use cases, or don't represent religious organizations in such cases), Dan's book is a great overview of the applicable law, and a primer on the various causes-of-action that can pop up in these type of controversies. Here's the Table of Contents for a peek at what's inside.
Get your copy here from the American Bar Association.